The past year has been a tough time for Karen. The passing of her mum and returning to her teaching assistant post during a very unsettled time has encouraged her to put her life into perspective. Over the past 35 years she has encouraged children to express themselves throughout sewing projects, reaffirming that they could do something if they really put their mind to it. Karen decided to reap the benefits of her words and wisdom and felt it time for a change and a challenge
‘I feel it’s my time now, both my daughters have followed me with their creativity into the big wide world and attained fantastic grades at University. I hope I have inspired them & hundreds of children along the away. By inspiring others through my work and spreading smiles and positivity during these times will truly make me happy. I’m so happy that my lifetime ambition is coming together. To be able to create artworks for others to enjoy and to be able to share my enthusiasm and passion for textile art has made me so emotional over the past few weeks.
I’m so excited to have my designs exhibited and look forward to exciting times ahead. Thanks to my close friends and family for all of your support and guidance getting me this far. The journey has been a tough emotional one but I am so determined that through my art work I can make my life colourful, exciting and full of positives and make my mam proud’.
Abergavenny artist Louise Collis celebrates Wales’ outstanding beauty spots with this profile inspired by seascapes, harbours, beaches, coves and some very dramatic Welsh scenery.
As a Plein Air painter Louise paints outside whatever the weather using strong colours and bold brush strokes to convey the movement and beauty of the landscape. She can often be spotted sat on a hillside or a cliff top painting on a sunny day or braving the elements inside her car if it’s wet. She travels and paints widely around the UK but for this exhibition has concentrated on the beautiful welsh landscape. Working in oils she tries to complete her paintings onsite in one sitting, capturing the scene in front of her as it changes.
'Painting outdoors forces you to be more decisive than in the studio, you have to paint quickly before the view is lost in mist and rain’ says Louise Collis. ‘I enjoy devoting time to a painting in situ where I can observe the landscape and become absorbed in it’.
This new profile comprises of 15 paintings not previously shown.
Born & bred in the South Wales Valleys, Robert Wells has always had an interest in Welsh mountains and this has formed the basis of his artwork for many years. For this current series his inspiration was drawn from the Brecon Beacons and more specifically the renowned Pen y Fan Peaks and surrounding areas. He methodically studied the mountainous landscape at various times of day and during the changing seasons in order to capture the incredible drama with its rapidly changing light conditions and tonal values. His recent introduction of a bold palette and a painterly approach has helped create and enhance the changing drama even further.