Artist Statement

My work is a response to the place in which I live: the west coast of Wales in and around New Quay, Ceredigion. Born and raised on a farm, I developed an intimate relationship with my environment and a deep connection to the spirit of the place. I am positioned on the edge of landscape, where land merges with sea and sky. My paintings do not set out to be precise representations: they are internal and external expressions of experience elicited by the painting process.

About

I was born and raised in New Quay, Ceredigion. The stunning countryside and coastline of this part of West Wales has influenced and informed all my creative work over the years. Like many who have grown up on a farm, my experiences of the immediate rural environment have become etched on my consciousness. My strong connection to the soil and the sea has endured, even through extended periods living in more urban locations. 

I graduated from Central Saint Martins Art College, London, in ceramics: the study of clay and its transformations through fire. The visceral qualities of paint, clay and earth, colours and textures, continue to excite me. I have recently completed an MA in Fine Art: Painting at Aberystwyth University. 

Farmland and its appearance has been forged by many generations over time, each leaving their mark. From the past settlers of the nearby Iron Age fort to the present day, agricultural practices and environmental management have left their mark on the landscape, while the contours of the hills and valleys remain constant throughout the procession of time. The cycle of the seasons, weathering, decay, and regeneration beat the rhythm of life here, the elements of earth, air, water, and fire all playing their part. It is a place of lost stories and ancient myths, a place touched by stillness and wild winds, a place between sky and sea. 

Sitting at my easel out in the fields, I paint to the sound of bird song, distant tractors and bleating lambs, to the smell of wet grass and fresh manure, to the taste of salty sea breezes, to the sight of trees shimmering in the wind under an infinite sky. My senses inundated, I try to capture the experience with paint and mark making. The brush strokes, the interplay of dark and light tones, and the visceral qualities of layered paint excite me as I struggle to respond.

Experience

My degree show at Central Saint Martin’s was comprised of figurative ceramic sculptures, paintings, drawings, and prints. My creative output has always been expressed in both two and three-dimensional forms. 

Upon leaving art college in 1990, five fellow artists and I pioneered Arch 191, a studio space under the railway arches of Peckham Rye railway station which became my creative hub for several years. The surrounding arches have attracted many other artists over time, and now support a thriving community of creative individuals, which helped to regenerate the wider area. I continue my links with the friends and pioneers of Arch 191. 

In recent years, I have worked mainly in clay and mixed media, creating and exhibiting a body of work collectively titled Attachments. My relationship to my environment, and to people, places, and things continues to inform my journey of attachment and detachment, both physically and spiritually. 

Over the years, I have worked for many arts organisations, all of which have informed and enriched my art practice. As a student, I worked in the bookshop of London’s National Gallery, and for Robert Douma Antique Maps and Prints in Covent Garden, where I was exposed to the works of Tiepelo and Goya, Gillray and Daumier, and many other artists. Later, while working as a curator for the Tate Gallery’s information department, I was immersed in contemporary and historical works that infused and energised my knowledge of and passion for art. 

Subsequently, I taught art and ceramics at Shiplake College in Henely-on-Thames before going on to work for the public art commissioning agency of Cywaith Cymru.Artworks Wales in Cardiff on its regeneration and millennium sculpture projects. Since returning to West Wales, I have worked as a part-time lecturer for Carmarthen School of Art, and I am a part-time lecturer for the Lifelong Learning at Aberystwyth University, a post in which, for the past 18 years, I have enjoyed inspiring my students on their creative journeys.

Exhibiting CV

2024

  • Wind, Water Trees and Light,  Solo Show,  Canfas Gallery, Cardigan. Until 30 March
  • Welsh Art Week, The Gallery Yr Oriel, Newport, Pembrokeshire,Wales
  • A New Breath, The Gallery Yr Oriel, Newport, Pembrokeshire,Wales

2023

  • Ein Tir/ Our Land, Canfas Gallery, Cardigan
  • Winter Show, The Gallery Yr Oriel, Newport, Pembrokeshire,Wales
  • Mountains, Moons and Music, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo, Wales
  • Summer Show, The Gallery Yr Oriel, Newport, Pembrokeshire,Wales
  • Taith Contemporary, Mark Goldsworthy & Friends, die blaue galerie, Ungargasse 57, Vienna, Austria.
  • Tabernacle Open, Machynlleth, Wales 
  • Solo Show, Gallery Gwyn, Aberaeron, Wales
  • Human: Nature, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo, Wales
  • Goat Street Gallery, St David's Pembrokeshire, Wales.
  • Art Collection, The Gallery Yr Oriel, Newport, Pembrokeshire,Wales
  • Cranogwen, Canfas, Cardigan, Wales
  • Monochrome:Greyscale, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo, Wales
  • Human Traces, Taith Contemporary, Vienna, Austria.
  • Welsh Art Week, Woolff Gallery, London. 
  • Showcase, Aberystwyth School of Art, Masters Alumni, Gallery Gwyn, Aberaeron, Wales
  • Curated, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo, Wales

2022

  • Gallery Gwyn, Aberaeron, Wales
  • Winter Show, The Gallery Yr Oriel, Newport, Pembs, Wales 
  • Poems, Psalms and Song, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo, Wales 
  • 169 Annual Open Exhibition, RWA, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • The Aesthetics of a Disenchanted World, Goerz Hofe, Berlin
  • Ebb and Flow, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo, Wales
  • Summer Show, The Gallery Yr Oriel, Newport, Pembrokeshsire, Wales
  • Cowbridge Open Art Competition, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
  • Body:Stitch:Soul:Sow, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo, Wales 
  • Fresh: Art Fair: Cheltenham: Studio Cennen
  • Tree of Life, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo, Wales 
  • Taith, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo, Wales 

2021

  • Truth Myths Dreams, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo, Wales 
  • Open Exhibition, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, Wales
  • Canfas Gallery, Cardigan, Wales  
  • Oriel Lockdown, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales   

2020

  • Art Drop 19, Canvas Gallery, Cardigan, Wales

2019

  • Winter Curiosities Exhibition, Twenty Twenty Gallery, Ludlow, Shropshire
  • Christmas Exhibition, Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven
  • Wales Contemporary International Art Exhibition, 2019,Mall Galleries, London,
  • Wales Contemporary International Art Exhibition, 2019, Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven
  • MA Exhibition: Resolution, The School of Art, Aberystwyth
  • Spring Greens, Twenty Twenty Gallery, Ludlow, Shropshire
  • FBA Futures,  Mall Galleries, London 

2018

  • Wrexham Open, Tŷ  Pawb, Wrexham, Wales,
  • Nascent Inclinations, Tŷ  Pawb, Wrexham, Wales,
  • MA Exhibition: Consolidation, The School of Art, Aberystwyth University, Wales 

2013

  • Attachments 2013: Angharad Taris & Judith Rees, The Gate, St. Clears, Wales 

2012 

  • Open at the Arches: Celebrating 20 years, Peckham Rye, London 

2008

  • ARTAT, Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • Autumn Exhibition, LLangrannog Urdd Camp, Ceredigion, Wales 

2007

  • ARTAT, Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire, Wales 

2006

  • Attachments, Solo show, Lower Gallery, Theatre Mwldan, Cardigan, Wales
  • Surface: Young Curators, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales 

2004

  • Workshop Wales, Fishguard, Wales 

2003

  • King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales
  • Celf Crannog, LLangrannog, Ceredigion, Wales 

2002

  • Cardigan Open Studios, Wales 

2000

  • Celf Crannog, Llangrannog, Ceredigion, Wales
  • Workshop Wales, Fishguard, Wales 

1999

  • Cnapan, Bwlch y Groes, Ceredigion, Wales
  • Excite, New Quay Festival, Ceramics and Glass Exhibition, Wales 

1998

  • Workshop Wales, Fishguard, Wales 

1997

  • Arch 191, The Orangery, Holland Park, London 

1996

  • ISADA Exhibition, Radley College, Oxfordshire 

1995

  • Flux: 191, The Orangery, Holland Park, London 

1994

  • Art 94, London Art Fair with Henri Brett Gallery, Business Design Centre, London
  • The Manchester Art Fair, with Henri Brett Gallery, G-Mex Centre, Manchester 

1993

  • Ceramic Contemporaries, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • The Welsh Sculpture Show, Margam Sculpture Park, Wales 

1992

  • Behind the Scenes: Tate Gallery, Morley College, London 

1991

  • New Year 1991 Exhibition, The Blackheath Gallery, Blackheath, London
  • Permanent Exhibition of Collection at the Plantaganet House, Tenby, Wales
  • The Face, Prema Art Centre, Gloucester
  • Group Show, Merz Contemporary Arts, Earls Court, London
  • Mixed Show, Pitminster Studio, London 

1990

  • Jugend Formt – New Ways in Expressionist Painting, Rosenthal Institut,  Mathildenhohe, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Wales Open, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
  • Top Marks, The London Institute Galley, Oxford St, London

 

Works in collections in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and Japan

Awards

 

  • 2011 Tutor of the Year (Lifelong Learning) Aberystwyth University
  • 2004 Adult Tutor Award, NIACE, Dysgu Cymru
  • 2004 Arts International trip to Argentina and Patagonia
  • 1993 Second Prize, Ceramic Contemporaries, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • 1982 Prize winner, National Eisteddfod, Swansea, Wales

 

Commissions

  • Blue Plaques for the Kensington & Chelsea Environment Garden Awards

             (several each year, 1996 – 2008), London

  • 2002 The Dylan Thomas Trail Plaques, Ceredigion, Wales 

 

Education

  • MA in Fine Art : Painting, Aberystwyth University, Wales.
  • BA Ceramics, Central Saint Martins College of Art, London: First Class Honours.

                 Tutors and visiting lecturers included Eileen Nesbit, Gordon Baldwin,     

                 Mike Flynn, Alison Britton, Nigel Woods, Gillian Lowndes, Kathryn Hearn and Rob Kessler.

                 John Stezaker.

                 Attending Cecil Collins ‘infamous’ Life Drawing classes.

  • Theatrical Placement, Sherman Theatre, Cardiff: working on numerous

                 productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Russell T. Davies. 

                Puppet and prop making with Jane Phillips in the Caricature Theatre.

  • Foundation Course: Dyfed College of Art, Carmarthen.