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ART

Llangwm is blessed with some outstanding artists who have kindly agreed to share their work with us at the Wesleyan Chapel 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.

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 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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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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Sian Jones

Biography

I’ve lived in Pembrokeshire for over 30 years but am a newcomer to Llangwm. My interest in art has been lifelong but it wasn’t until 2009 (after having worked in London, raised a family and run a small holding!) that I graduated with an honours degree in fine art painting from West Wales School of the Arts. Landscape is the inspiration for my work. Winter being a particularly favourite time as this is when the structure of the land is revealed. It could be the stark contrast between bare trees and grey skies, the long dark shadows of the winter sun, or the ebb and flow of the estuary that motivates me to paint. I try to explore the feeling in which our engagement with landscape leads to a sense of attachment and belonging – and sometimes a sense of loss. I have exhibited in London, Cardiff and Pembrokeshire. If you would like to contact me my phone number is 07790189350 or email mollestonsian@gmail.com

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Steve Richards

Biography

Steve Richards, a retired police officer, was originally from Swansea but resident in Llangwm since 1999. A keen amateur photographer since his youth, he started using black and white film in the 1970's and progressed to digital in recent years. All his pictures are printed at home using long lasting pigment inks.

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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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