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ART

Llangwm is blessed with some outstanding artists who have kindly agreed to open up their studios to visitors to the festivals and will be happy to talk visitors through their techniques, inspirations and sell their work.

Below you can see links to some of Llangwm's artists with links to their sites together with the opening times of their studios during the weekend of the Llangwm Literary Festival.

Unless otherwise indicated, the artists set out below will be exhibiting at the Wesleyan Chapel in Llangwm during the days of the festival.

Anne Farrall Doyle

Biography

I was born in Cheshire and studied @ Stockport College of Art, following which I spent an informative period in an Advertising Agency. Eventually working as a free lance Illustrator gaining an International reputation as a fashion & figurative artist. Now living in Llangwm, a most beautiful part of Wales, where I can enjoy the pleasures of walks with my dog amongst the woods & estuaries gaining a love of the unexpected natural world, the rocks, changing lights & the impermanence & freedom of the country. After many years experimenting and using most mediums, I now find oils & mixed media give me the means in which I can work freely, always excited & involved within this partnership of creation. My working world is necessarily a solitary one. After a morning sketching, planning and sourcing materials the moment arrives when I’m drawn to my project, to allow the canvas & colours to open up to me, my minds picture. I work quickly; hands flying & shaping around the canvas, finding a balance a form, eventually when all is evolving I begin to work on another level of intuition, I am now trusting to my inspiration & experience, through memory & emotions, creating texture & multiple layers trying to escape the banal , the expected. This is my joy & pain of painting. My work has evolved from the representational, through Impressionism to presently tapping into new areas of exploration whereby creating a story or emotion without an observational subject. Taking now, inspiration, from the natural world. I am represented in Galleries in England, France, America & Ireland. My work can be seen on my website www.annefarralldoyle.co.uk

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Christine Jacob

Biography

After a Foundation year at Winchester College of Art, Christine went on to Gloucestershire College of Art & Design, Cheltenham, to study Fashion Design. After graduation, she became a Children’s Wear designer for Marks & Spencer at their Head Office in Baker Street. She has kept abreast of artistic developments through regular visits to Galleries both at home and abroad. Inspiration comes from numerous sources. Her pendulum of influence swings from the atmospheric water colours of J.M.W. Turner, the alternative colour of the Impressionists and the sun raw compositions of American artist, Georgia O’Keefe, through to the current cutting edge computer generated drawings of David Hockney. It is her move to Black Tar, in Llangwm, however, that has re-kindled her desire to produce Art. Her daily riverside views of the woods and estuary from dawn to dusk and between high and low water is her constant source of inspiration. Christine works primarily in watercolours and computer generated imagery through her iPad.

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David Thomas

Biography

David grew up in Hazelbeach, Llanstadwell and inspired to draw and paint by an interest in natural history and the Pembrokeshire landscape. Initially he trained as a civil engineer and has divided his working life between that profession and painting. He took a break from engineering in the late 70s to take a BA in Fine Art in Portsmouth followed by an MA in Painting in the States. David has taken part in various exhibitions and artistic activities over the years, including the Royal Society of British Watercolours, appeared on Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge and spent a year in Butlins in Minehead drawing portraits. He lived and worked in Somerset for over 30 years and held a number of exhibitions during Somerset Arts Week. David works in a variety of mediums and currently works in acrylic as it is quick and convenient. He works mainly directly from nature as he finds that the easier way to achieve a sense of space. Recently returned to live in his native Pembrokeshire where he intends to spend most of his time painting landscapes, townscapes and portraits. He is open to completing painting commissions.

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David Wilson

Biography

Acclaimed landscape photographer David Wilson lives in Llangwm with his wife Anna and two young boys Charlie and Harry. David’s work captures his home county of Pembrokeshire and further afield, Wales. Photographing primarily in black and white he explores the landscape in search of stories: an abandoned farm, a remote chapel, a cottage at the top of a lane; all add a powerful narrative to his images. Author of two landscape photography books, ‘Pembrokeshire’ and ‘Wales: A Photographer’s Journey’, David’s work demonstrates his love and sense of awe for his native Wales. “These are powerful images. They remind us that rural Wales has a stark and demanding beauty.” Griff Rhys Jones David will be talking to Jamie Owen on 12 August about his new book 'Hinterland' which shows the extraordinary landscape of Wales and gives an insight into the filming of the eponymous cult TV serial.

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Fiona Cutting

Biography

Fiona Cutting. Graduate of St Martin's, she has always painted but also had a business producing hand decorated ceramic tiles for twenty years before running sailing and painting holidays in Llangwm. Has taught in art schools over the years and paintings are concerned with flight and motion of seabirds. Represented in numerous private collections, Fiona has exhibited mainly in the Gulf States and London.

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Fran Evans

Biography

Fran Evans is an illustrator and author based in Llangwm. She studied Graphic Communication at Exeter Art College. Her picture books have been published in Germany, Holland, Korea and Australia and her greetings cards (Two Bad Mice Publishers) are sold worldwide. Fran's designs have been used on wrapping paper, ceramics, C.D's and posters. She is inspired by everything from moss to mountains; woodlice to humpback whales; tree houses to tower blocks. She has travelled in Botswana, Costa Rica, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe. Fran has lived in Llangwm for 16 years, and enjoys nothing more than messing about on the river.

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Graham Brace

Biography

I count myself as being very fortunate to live and work in an estuary-side village in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. For an artist like me with a passion for ‘waterscapes’ there is nowhere better. There is an infinite wealth of inspiration right on my doorstep much of which I will never have the time to do justice to. I work in a mixture of media that includes soft pastel, gouache, watercolour and marker but the medium which predominates is coloured pencil. Greatly influenced by my background as a graphic designer and illustrator, my work is precise and representational and coloured pencils allow me to achieve a high degree of detail. I am a founder member of the United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society (UKCPS) which was established in 2001 to promote excellence in coloured pencils and to endeavour to establish it as a credible fine art medium, recognised by the art establishment. I am fortunate to be regarded as one of the leading exponents of this medium related to landscape and seascape art and my work and technique has featured in several leading art publications including ‘Artist & Illustrator’, ‘The Artist’ and France’s ‘Pratiques Des Arts’ as well as in instructional books and websites. I am increasingly drawn to subjects within the wider landscape/seascape…small corners that often go unnoticed by the passer-by. I am particularly interested in natural textures and forms and subtle natural colours. I love the way that nature, with the aid of weather, tide, time and natural growth embellishes, arranges and juxtaposes objects within the landscape, sometimes giving the appearance of contrived design…and often producing quite abstract forms. I love to draw water in its many moods and forms. It is difficult to portray accurately and it gives me a great sense of achievement when I succeed in this. I work from a combination of my own photographic reference, notes and careful observation. All this is blended with dash of artistic license to make a picture work. Contact details: Telephone: 01437 891580 Email: grahambrace@btinternet.com Website: www.grahambrace.com

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Graham Stephens

Biography

I was born, brought up and have returned to live on the banks of the estuary in Llangwm Ferry. Unsurprisingly, water, boats and reflections feature strongly in my work. I have no formal background in art and only took up pastels after I retired from teaching some ten years ago. Perhaps it was withdrawal symptoms from blackboards and chalk! I have always been an enthusiastic photographer and have used many of the images that I have taken as inspiration for my pastel work. I have never previously shown any of my work, so this exhibition is a first for me.

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Ian Jacob

Biography

Ian was born in Llangwm and schooled in Llangwm. Ian studied at Art School, graduating from Goldsmiths College, London in 1973. He spent thirty years in Advertising and Marketing, based in London and New York. He returned to Pembrokeshire in 2010 to focus on being a Painter, Printmaker and Photographer. The landscape of Pembrokeshire is the core subject of his work. He works mainly in mixed media, using both traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques, sometimes in an experimental manner. The work is always balanced by a sound grasp of colour and composition.

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Jasmine Cutting

Biography

I am an artist based in Wales. I was born in Mid-Wales and moved to Pembrokeshire when I was eight years old. I graduated with BA Hons in Fine Art at U.W.E Bristol in 2002 and returned to Pembrokeshire where I have lived ever since. I love to draw at every opportunity and am continually inspired by my surroundings, the amazing landscapes, from the atmospheric Preselli mountains and the stunning, dramatic coastline to everyday experiences of the world around me. Living next to the Cleddau Estuary, where nothing stands still, is a constant inspiration. I’m never without my sketchbook, drawing family, friends, objects of interest, recording the impression of the moment. My aim is to capture my experience in an individual style, hoping to provide the viewer with a different, fresh perspective. I am fascinated by colour and mark making and I am continually experimenting, taking inspiration from other artists’ work and ideas. I like to get involved with community led art projects whenever possible. I enjoy the challenge of helping others to express themselves through the arts particularly when they may not have the confidence to do so. I’ve worked on many community art projects involving primary and secondary schools, youth groups, care homes and provided workshops for organizations and local events such as Span Arts and Milford Haven Fish Festival. I’ve also worked on private commissions and various murals for public places within Pembrokeshire.

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Liz Monk

Biography

I was born and brought up in Barbados, but having lived in Britain for the past 40 years, I now see Pembrokeshire and Llangwm as my spiritual home. I am a scientist by trade, and am an amateur artist in the fullest sense as I paint for pleasure rather than hoping to earn my daily crust. I have mainly painted in watercolours, although I have also worked in acrylics and recently oils. Plein Air painting has always been my passion, and I have no 'studio' to share with you. I would however like to invite you to join me at Black Tar Beach during the festival where I will be capturing the Cleddau Waterway in a loose and immediate style using watercolours.

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Mandie Davies

Biography

I was born and raised in Three Crosses, a small village in the Gower and moved to Llangwm in 1993. I am a self taught artist specialising in equestrian and animal portraiture. I have enjoyed drawing animals since childhood but developed a passion for painting horses, which led me to my current work which is commission-based paintings of horses and also dogs and cats in acrylic. Up until now I have painted mainly for family and friends but would love to branch out and become a professional equestrian artist.

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Paul Ayers

Biography

I was born in Milford Haven and moved into Llangwm when I got married in 1973.I became interested in photography as a teenager, later combining it with my love of motor sport by photographing rally events at Talbenny and local forest stages.I spent some time working as a portrait and wedding photographer but my passion lies in landscape photography.There are many beautiful settings within Pembrokeshire which have given me rich inspirations to capture sunrises and sunsets. I take my camera out most days when I walk our dog Puck in the village, and take images of the changing scenes in the Estuary and shoreline, both during the course of the day and throughout the seasons.Last year I took pictures of the changes to the woodlands following the tree felling and the new panoramic views of the river Cleddau. I made my annual visit to the Goodwood Festival Of Speed in July and was delighted to add to my vast car portfolio.I also enjoy foreign travel and have been able to record the vibrant sights on various holidays to Vietnam and Thailand.

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Sam Howley

Biography

Sam was born in the Rhondda Valley and trained as a classical musician at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Since moving to Pembrokeshire, he has worked in the musical world, but has also painted, becoming a selling artist. Exhibitions have included, Pontardawe Arts Centre, Brecon Theatre and the Joanna Field Gallery at the Torch Theatre. Sam describes himself as a colourist impressionist, and believes that even the most ordinary objects can be made extraordinary through art.

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Sue Lealan

Biography

When I retired, I had the opportunity to devote more time to painting, an activity I have always found relaxing and enjoyable. At that time, I had joined Kilpeck art group, and more recently, Llandrindod Wells art club, of which I am still an associate member. Having being born, and working in Birmingham, I knew my heart belonged in the expanses of the English, Welsh and French countryside. I initially moved to Herefordshire, then mid-Wales, before moving to Pembrokeshire 18 months ago. I find inspiration in nature, in structures like derelict buildings, and in the beautiful land-, and seascapes so commonly found around Pembrokeshire. I enjoy working in all mediums, but at the moment watercolour is probably my favourite. Currently I am a member of the Hook and district art club.

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Susan Sands

Biography

Trained at Reading University as a painter/printmaker, Susan Sands has exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers, Royal Watercolour Society and the Whitechapel Open, as well as being selected for the Welsh National Eisteddfod five times. Traveling in India provides inspiration for her work, as does the landscape of Wales. Interested in many techniques she works mostly in acrylic, but in printmaking the focus has lately been on linocut and collagraph. Susan enjoys sharing her skills and ideas and is presently preparing for a monoprint workshop in Bangalore, India. Susan's art will be on show in the 'Maharaja's' Rugby Club in Llangwm throughout the festival weekend. More about Susan on her website www.susansands.co.uk

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