I am an artist who loves painting in lovely North Wales. I paint birds, mostly in oils on hand stretched canvas – birds are an endless source of interest and fascination, and I am particularly inspired by the works of Eric Ennion, who said that the essential motive in painting birds was not to portray the species in general but to capture the essence of ‘that particular and individual bird alive before you while you sketch’.
My next solo exhibition will be at Oriel Ynys Mon next Spring.
My book ‘Little Terns and Sea Holly’, a diary based on several years’ observation of the Nature Reserve at Gronant Dunes, Prestatyn, where Little Terns nest, has just been published by Penlan Publishing (click here for link!). This follows the tiny birds from migration from West Africa, through courtship, nesting, bringing up babies, and return home. I even followed them to Senegal, where they overwinter among the mangrove swamps. This is one of the illustrations for the book:
I have previously been selected for Open Exhibitions at the Grosvenor Gallery, Chester, and the Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, as well for an exhibition for Helfa Gelf Open Studios event at the Mostyn, Llandudno.
Academically speaking, I have an MA in European Studies and the Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies, and have written one book of historical research, ‘The City of Ottawa: the story of a sailing ship’, for which I made a preliminary translation into French: this has just been published by Éditions GID in Quebec as ‘Le City of Ottawa: l’histoire d’un grand voilier’. I am available for freelance French – English translating.
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DIARY 2017 – where you can see my art and books
My studio, the Ladder Store Studio, will be open for Helfa Gelf Open Studio Event on 1, 2, 3, 9, 15, 16, 17th September – see Helfa Gelf for more details.
My work is currently being exhibited at Galeri, Bewys y Coed