St. David’s artist, Pauline Beynon, runs the ORIEL-Y-FELIN GALLERY in St. Davids, with business partner Angela Samuel. Born in Derbyshire, she graduated in Art and Psychology at Loughborough and taught near Burton-on-Trent. Having farmed the land around the impressive St. Davids Cathedral for many years with her family and owning the well-known Tyddewi herd of pedigree Welsh Black Cattle, she delights in the wild, untamed Pembrokeshire landscapes and seascapes, interpreting their constantly changing light and textures and moods in a variety of media. Her work is shown excusively at the Oriel-y-Felin Gallery in St. Davids, with occasional exhibitions elsewhere in the UK.
Howard Birchmore began drawing at age three, started painting with oils when twelve years old and completed his first official commission when only fifteen.After studying illustration a career followed in graphic design. Howard at present is using acrylics although his distinctive style is nearer to water colour. "Landscape has played an integral part in my visual world. Brought up in London has lead me to appreciate contrasts on a magnificent scale."
Susie was born in North Wales and after graduating in animation and graphics worked as a designer in Cardiff. In 2001 she became a full time painter. She loves the Welsh coastlines with quirky architectural features, and her brightly coloured work often contains textures, typography, fabrics and things that sparkle. All her original work will have a fabric heart stitched on - she only paints places she loves! These cheerful paintings make you smile and she and her husband have recently started to make ceramics featuring her designs.
Vernon Jones is a working artist from South Wales, exhibiting both in the U.K. and internationally. A predominant feature in his work has been to render accurately the chosen subject. His eye for detail and the need to improve his technical ability has become a force to push against his limitations, forming new circles of growth artistically, thus challenging himself to meet a higher and higher standard of work. The foundation of his art together with accuracy lays also in technique, with observation and a sense of balance being necessary components in each piece.
Heather Howe's love of the sea has been a constant source of inspiration in her painting. Following a foundation course at Falmouth Art School and a BA degree from Exeter College of Art and Design, Heather set up her first studio in West Berkshire and aged only 22 had her first solo show with the 'Centuary Galleries' in Henley-Upon-Thames. Simultaneously her work was being shown at `Liberty's' and the 'Medici Galleries' in London. In recent years Heather has successfully shown her work worldwide and her watercolours drenched with light and softly painted oils have led to commercial commissions as diverse as designs for greetings cards to CD covers. Currently producing a new series of etchings, Heather's paintings and prints continue to combine her sense of place with her interest and love of poetry, mythology and nature.
Alice lives in north Pembrokeshire and specialises in depicting landscapes and little cottages in watercolour and mixed media. Her work is beautifully presented and highly collectable.
Jon is a Pembrokeshire based Plein Air, Figurative artist painting landscapes, seascapes and street scenes, influenced by the French and British Impressionists' rendering of light and shade with their expressive loose brushwork.
Working as a Plein Air painter out in all weathers, allows him to strive to capture the spirit and essence of the subject putting him in direct contact with natural light, colour and movement. His paintings are nearly always completed in this way, often in one session, only rarely carrying out small alterations in my studio and he does not use photographic reference.
Self taught after being introduced to painting in the mid 1990's through an Access to Art course, he is now able to devote more time to his painting and is constantly looking at ways of evolving his working techniques.
Having recently moved to Pembokeshire following a period of study at Falmouth College of Arts in Cornwall, Artist and Illustrator Thomas Haskett is now thriving on the constant inspiration provided by his new surroundings. Deeply rooted in the landscape, and the sea, his work is a unique view of the ancient buildings of the British Isles, the countryside they exist in and the flora and fauna that inhabit it. Painting mostly in oils or watercolours, Thomas’ work is highly representational, accurate, detailed, and painted with a vigor and verve that working direct from life imbue. The colours, light and mood are therefore unique to the day on which the work is produced. He exhibits in the South East, the South West and now in Wales. His work is collected worldwide with pieces throughout Europe, America and as far away as Australia and New Zealand.
Born in Port Talbot, Bert has lived and painted all his days in Wales. His inspiration always starts with the light and its effect on colours and forms. He uses a small camera as a third eye to capture an instant, a fleeting moment. Sometimes out of focus, sometimes oddly composed, he is interested in retaining the freshness of the image each time he paints. If he sees interest in the everyday, he wants others to appreciate it too. He works under the strict principle: "You only paint what you know or what you've experienced yourself".
Local artist Kate Kelly lives on a small holding near Mathry and enjoys walking the coastal path and shoreline with her three dogs, taking inspiration from the rugged coastline and breath taking views in north Pembrokeshire.
Kate graduated from Liverpool in Fashion and Textiles, exhibiting in the Blue Coat and Corner House galleries. After the birth of her son, Kate and her family settled near St Davids, where she divides her time between her job in the Pembrokeshire education system, her family and her art.
Kate's work is full of texture and movement, reflecting the wild and spiritual landscape of north Pembrokeshire
Martin’s work is inspired not only by the wild, rugged land and coast of Pembrokeshire but also by the weather that has helped to shape it. He likes to work in a variety of media, and to experiment with different painting techniques – not being tied to one way of interpreting what he sees, but adapting to the constantly changing light, mood and colour of this wonderfully inspiring land. His subjects vary from well known landmarks to the little facets that are sometimes overlooked – such as a shower cloud out to sea.
Sheila Craft lives close to Porthgain on the North Pembrokeshire coast which is the inspiration for many of her oil paintings. Her love and understanding of the mythical quality of the landscape are very evident in her work, and she achieves effortlessly the luminosity of light so special and individual to this part of North Pembrokeshire.
Sian McGill is a new artist to our gallery and is based in Swansea. She works in acrylics with pallette knives, reflecting the rugged coastline of this peninsular.
Pembrokeshire born and bred artist, Sian shares her intimate knowledge of this beautiful, dramatic landscape in her evocative oil paintings. Having worked predominantly in watercolours for many years, her preferred medium now is definitely oil paint. Kyffin Williams and Evan John are the painters she feels most influenced by. Sian can often be seen here with us in the gallery .
St. Davids artist.