As you will see from my website, I have had little or no time over the past year to share my endeavours update my BLOG. I have also had no time at all for my own art; however, I have had the wonderful privilege to share and exhibit the art of others in the Set House, having a wonderful exhibition of ‘Masters and Graduates’ works in September 2018.

For those of you who are reading this and might be aspiring to be curators, never, ever, underestimate the work and pressures involved in preparing an exhibition. That is, if you are quite possessed and want to give it every bit of professionalism and heart that you can. I did, and the result, I have to admit, was FABULOUS – right from the outset, when the opening was supported by nearly 40 members of a prestigious Contemporary Art Collective from Cardiff, CASW.

We are still sharing much of the Graduates work in our living gallery space in the Set House which is part of the former ‘Top Secret WWII GCI Radar Station, RAF Ripperston’ which makes up part of our home. Following guided tours of the amazing WWII buildings, visitors are shown the art and I share with them all I know of the artists and their work. It has been, and still is, a wonderful success, with numerous visitors every week, many of whom are new to the art world but go away with a fresh awareness and appreciation of art.

With regard to my own artistic dreams, I have, however, started to create a new body of work, and am sharing here a first drawing of St. Brides Haven. You can visit ‘Spirit of the Haven ~ St Brides’ on  my  personal website.

St Brides Haven

I am also proud to be sharing the paintings of Artists  Sarah Spencer and Rhodri Rees,  two of my favourite contemporaries.

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And then there was Braque!

This has been some year. I can only say that the images of the paintings by Sigrid Müller in my last post are just so amazingly beautiful that they have obviously kept all of my ‘blog’ followers ‘following’ for the last eight months. I thank all of you for your incredible patience. And to Sigrid for her amazing art.

And – out of the blue – I have recently been aware of a new gathering of followers and I should like to welcome you to my blog diary. If you knew the times I have said I will get better then you really wouldn’t stay – BUT – I am a great believer in ‘if at first you don’t succeed – try, try, try again’

Dare I even think of showing you some of my work after Sigrid’s. But I shall. My last post, Sept ’17, was at the start of another year sharing and learning at Carmarthen School of Art as part of a Fine Art Degree in Painting. Drawing & Printmaking. 

So here is another ‘Artist Who Inspires Me’, Georges Braque. Here are just a few of his works. The first two are of his earlier works, more simple in composition and cubist content than his later works, but ones I could find a good starting point for my piece. The later pieces are two more complex pieces by Braque that show his wonderful use of light.

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My first real chance to attempt to bring some of his influence into my work came in the Oil Painting Processes module.  It required a piece to include words and numbers. If you have seen our website Set House Arts, then you will understand how I came to want to paint the work below.  It didn’t even come close to my imagined outcome but I see it as a good start, an ‘oil sketch’ beginning.

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Sunderland T9044 of No 210 Squadron


The piece above was done in oil on canvas and is of the Sunderland plane flown by Wing Commander Derek Martin OBE, which sank in 1940 in Milford Haven Sound. Martin lived to see it recovered, 73 years later, in 2013.

I have decided to be brave and to show most of my work within my Blog Diary. I just absolutely love every aspect of Painting Drawing and Printmaking, following on from my photography.  I do however, love learning and also know the everything is subjective! Constructive criticism is most welcome. I really do mean that. If I have learnt one thing in life and that is to ALWAYS be open to guidance – take the good and leave the bad. My ‘Head of Art’ suggested I drank a bottle of Vodka before I started painting – might ‘free me up’.  Might just leave that one!

I really enjoy writing – I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and that will enjoy checking out Georges Braque’s works. Thanks for visiting.



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Perfectly Perfect

A new beginning and a wonderful new addition to my ever expanding list of


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We have had a perfectly perfect week.

I am now starting to believe that John and I can relax and enjoy the culmination of years of work, follow our hearts and learn to truly appreciate, even participate in, this amazing world of art and photography. I know it takes belief in oneself to reach a point of acceptance that you are heading in the right direction – I have reached that point. It can now only be, “full steam ahead at a snail’s pace”. When I first heard that said, I laughed at the nonsensical juxtaposition of such a statement  but artistic endeavor cannot be rushed , just approached with the speed of the motivated.

SO !

First and foremost, a huge thank you to each and every one of you who have helped and encouraged us, in any way at all. Everyone has been amazing. The gallery has now been open for three weeks. We have had many visits from historians who politely tolerated our artistic enthusiasm over the art works and now we have had a week of art loving visitors who also made all the right noises following John’s wonderful history tours of the main GCI Station buildings. Two lovely visitors from Cardiff especially have made our week perfect and we thank you so very much. Your company is excellent and your encouragement truly appreciated.

We look forward to many more visits from all of you.

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WWII Secret Project Revealed

For those of you who have born with me and my terrible track record as a blogger, (not even including my lack of replies to readers – I have tried but know I have failed horribly), hopefully you may find the heart to forgive, when you read this post and discover what John and I have REALLY been doing over the past ten plus years.

These buildings below are a part of our home – a significant historical site that we just couldn’t let fall into permanent decay. We have a website which is also in sad need of attention BUT, as you know, I always get there in the end – it’s just that the end is never ending. The thing is, and those of you who know us well will appreciate this, we never really want it all to end, just to progress. We are very nearly finished the huge repair project; don’t the finishing touches seem to take forever; and now we are having our own opening exhibition with a super well known, prestigious group of artists along with a second opening, a party preview for everyone local and historically interested who have been wondering just what we have been doing for the past ten plus years. We shall eventually find time to start being truly creative in our own way.

So, here it is, a short picture storyboard of what I am about to put on, in full glory, patting ourselves thoroughly on the back for all our hard work. Our website has been ready to go for three years – it was a part of my second year degree module – we just had to finish the repairs.

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The following slideshow is a collection of images of the Administration wing, the Ablusions, the Mess Room which is not shown completed and some of the rest rooms. As we gradually finish everything over over the next weeks I shall show more – and if you are interested to visit, we are always open to individual callers and we love showing people around – with a cuppa whenever we have time. Just contact us through the website or call in on spec.

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Take a Breath and Catch-up

First & foremost I should like to thank everyone who saw my exhibition at Oriel Q and was kind enough to tell the curator, Lynne, their thoughts and/or write in the comments book. The feedback has been wonderful and I am just so grateful that you have all enjoyed seeing my work. I was especially honoured that two well recognised artists took the time to tell me of their appreciation. Again, thankyou. I didn’t ask if I could mention you both by name but if you are reading this then I’m sure you’ll know who you are.

So, catch-up time. I had got behind with my degree work and so have not been posting, but, I just want to share a  good happening with you all. Some people say that some of us make things happen by being proactive. Well, maybe that is the case. Another thing that is said is that artists are good observers and that is how they find expression. Well my observation skills are dreadful. BUT, good things do seem to just ‘pop up’. I’d like to just share some of them.

  • I had a bet with a fellow classmate that if he could get through his photography module without taking a landscape photograph then I could get through the modules without using portraiture. I used the Ancient Pembrokeshire Standing Stones as my ‘models’ and took my studio outside; that’s when I started to create my personal style.
  • No deep thoughts really of the mystical had entered my photography and art at that time. Then, when I discovered the Ancient Oak Woodland of Lawrenny,  I discovered that the Celtic name for the Oak Tree was Drui, sometimes translated as ‘door’; also that the Druid belief was that the Oak Tree was the doorway to the higher planes of thought. A small flame of interest in myth and legend grew inside me and the Legend of Cantre’r Gwaelod came next .
  • If you’ve seen my website you’ll all know of my thoughts surrounding Grown-ups and Fairies – well I’m definitely not Grown-up and now Fate has taken another step to help me.

I was really struggling with this module; not the technical element, which I am loving, but the contextual content. The work is to be connected with sketches from the Botanical Gardens of Wales or from our own gardens. I really wanted to work on images from within my garden but I was wanting to add some depth to my work. My first attempt was to include an etching of my Fairy Den from Growing-up


1st State of Fairy Den

Well, we weren’t even talking mystical when my tutor suddenly mentioned that in Ireland they often have a Thorn Bush in the middle of a field and will never cut it down no matter how tiresome it is to plough around it. It is because that’s where the Fairies and the Little People live.

AND GUESS WHAT! I have a thorn bush right in the middle of my garden. I didn’t know of the myth. The thorns are pesky and often scratch me when I am mowing but I always remember a friend not letting me dig it up when it was just a tiny tucker.

And there we have it – the content of my print module has just become slightly more interesting than Monotypes of Camellias, Etches of ancient bogwood and woodcuts of grasses.

So now I have a small Aquatint 1st State print of my Thorny Fairy Habitat – still only 1st State proof – but I just wanted to share my story of how the mystical and myth always seem to find me. I also wanted to include some images of what I have been up to.

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1st State – Thorn Fairy

Not yet the best of work but a start – mysterious eyes peeping through the thorns of the beautiful, white flowered Blackthorn; the home of ‘the fairies at the middle of my garden’.


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Time Lapse Video of a typical shoot

Just to finish off chatting about my ‘oh, so precious’ project – as if you hadn’t already seen enough or guessed how ‘precious’ I am about it – I thought I’d show you the one and only timelapse I have of our escapades in Borth. It’s only a minute long and doesn’t give the full picture – BUT – if any of you reading this are from Borth, you may just recognise the mad fools taking those cold February images.

Link to – Timelapse Video of Jane & John in Borth

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Fate plays a hand – storms of the like not seen for many years.

Following my escapades in the ancient Lawrenny Woodlands I had a year to go before my Final Degree Show Module and had no plans to visit the Submerged Forest until then. However, fate played a hand and, following the horrendous storms of early 2014, my tutors suggested I went up to Borth and took some pictures. Thankfully I treated it like a proper shoot and prepared all my gear , especially our exciting, newly acquired camper van which we had bought for photography trips. I also checked that we should be there at Spring Tides when the majority of the forest would be exposed for the longest time.

It was the end of February and we arrived to find a grey day! Folks were wandering through the newly exposed tree remains but there was nothing new to what I had seen before.


I had permission for us to stay in the car park and we settled in to await the following day, knowing it would bring a lower Spring Tide and hoping for better light.We awoke late, at 9am and could hear the wind and sea but thought little of it, as the storms were well over. It was high tide and John was having fun with his GoPro taking pictures of the waves cascading over the sea wall whilst I was making breakfast. Little did I know that there had been another storm building through the night and we were in the midst of it. Suddenly John was at the driver’s door. A huge wave had breached the sea defenses and created a small, but very intimidating, tsunami type flood which was heading straight towards us. He quickly disconnected our lovely new generator and removed it to high ground, then, as only those of you who have a small camper van can envisage, with both front seats facing the wrong way round, he managed to start the engine and by standing on the running board and steering with one hand, he moved us to the higher ground.

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Safely out of harms way we drove into Borth to find that once again the town had been ravaged by the sea. Only one brave student seemed to be enjoying the spectacle. We snuck away, wondering how on earth the residents must be coping. We drove inland, shared a sandwich with a cute squirrel, and looked for somewhere else to stay that night.

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We were hoping that the storm might have disturbed the sands further and returned towards low tide . Even though we’d never seen any exposed tree remains at that end of the beach, we couldn’t resist revisiting ‘our’ car park at Ynyslas. We got out to take a peak over the sea wall. Where previously all we could see was sand, a deep trench had been scoured out by the sea , exposing some new tree remains.  As the day progressed and John helped me set up and take my pictures, a couple approached us to watch what we were doing. They said they had been walking the beach for fifty years and had never seen those trees exposed before.

These are the trees which were exposed after that secondary storm. As each of our four day shoot progressed, the sands gradually covered them back over again. As we departed  for home on the fifth day they could hardly be seen.

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Artistic Message – Thresholds & Thin Places

So far, with regard to the path I took in the creation of my upcoming exhibition, I have been concentrating on the technical aspect of the photography.

This is a long blog post but I would really like the chance to explain the expressive part of my work, why it means so much to me and why I am going to such lengths to gain the knowledge to express myself through art. If you are prepared to share my journey please read on –  Continue reading

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Time runs out but I have have a moment of discovery.

Following the previous shoot in the early Autumn of my ACP1 Module, the lead in to ACP2 which would be my finals, I knew that somehow The Submerged Forest would be the subject of my Degree Show. It had become too important to me and I knew I had to find a way to capture it to portray more of the truly mystical atmosphere it held. I worked on camera angles and ‘day to night’ photography.

Fashion and advertising photographers sometimes use ‘day to night’ photography to take images of a daytime scene which they want to portray as if they had been taken in the dark, at night. The light the camera sees is the light of the flashlights and not the daylight. There is a link to good tutorial on the technique in my previous post.

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I practiced this technique for my Lawrenny project, all the while taking images both digitally and with my film cameras. On a particularly good day which I didn’t want to end, I ran out of daylight. John was telling me it was too dangerous to carry on – “there are tree roots everywhere and it will become quite treacherous” – Yes Love! But I managed to persuade him to let me try just a few more shots back at my ‘favourite tree’  which was close to edge of the Ancient Woodlands. The sun was just creeping down below the woodlands on the far bank of the Cleddau River and the combination of twilight and my flashes made my ‘favourite tree’ become my ‘Mystical Tree’.

I knew that I had found a technique which was to become a significant part of my artistic signature. It enabled me to take atmospheric photographs which captured the mystical mood of dawn and dusk in the way that I saw and felt it myself.

I was now really excited at the prospect of my next shoot for the Submerged Forest. I just didn’t know how soon and how exciting that was to be. 

to be continued :

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Degree Show Exhibition – cont.

Ok, so there weren’t the flocks of seagulls that I had been hoping to find on a ‘Distant Shore’ for my Degree Show idea but I was loving the ‘day to night’ photography I was practicing on the Submerged Forest stumps, so I decided to carry on. As an artist, my hope has always been to bring both the ‘beautiful and mysterious’ to my work; share with others just one side of our amazing world that can bring moments of incredible beauty to our lives, to relieve us from the horrors we know are happening elsewhere. The Submerged Forest is such an incredible part of our amazing world that I was happy to continue developing my imagery around the forest whilst at the same time experiment with ideas for my Degree Show.

I was introduced to the ‘day to night’ technique by photographer Bjorn Thomasson. I started with the Standing Stone series in the first semester of my second year. In the first semester of my final year I discovered the ancient woodlands of Lawrenny, and decided that they would be my focus for my lead in to my Final Show, this time taking images both with film and digital cameras. There is no doubt that there is huge value in learning all the techniques of film photography and then applying that knowledge, a light meter as in the second image below, to digital work. However, as you will see here, outside of studio situations and under pressure from the oncoming tide, at that time, I had a long way to go to achieve what I was imagining in my personal vision as opposed what could be captured through my camera.

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The incredible Submerged Forest of Borth, as I saw it on my second visit.

During this shoot, I had tried a number of different approaches to my imagery of the Submerged Forest, some of which you can see below. I had no idea of how I might link them to be a part of a credible Final Degree Show but I was, nevertheless, enthralled by the strangeness and wild beauty of what I was seeing. I carried on with the Autumn ‘Finals lead-in project’, ACP1, ‘Spirit of the Druid’ – Lawrenny but was continually imagining how my Final Show might be based around the incredible Submerged Forest.

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to be continued :

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Degree Show Exhibition – where it all started – two years before

‘Spirit of Ynyslas’ was my Degree Show Exhibition. Is there ever a right time to be thinking about your Degree Show; I think most students start to think about it at the end of their first year when they see the third year student’s own Degree Show. At that time, it’s almost impossible not to start dreaming. And that’s exactly what I did. But what to do?

It would come from my heart, be  truthful and honest to my personal ‘artistic expression’. But it still needed planning; it also needed time to develop. I saw the third year exhibits and decided to find a text that meant a lot to me and to think around that. I thought of the poem by Edward Fitzgerald, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam but before I could formulate any ideas, I remembered another favourite; Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach. The  text had influenced my late teens, giving me the confidence to believe in myself and to aim for my dreams without fear.

Neil Diamond had written beautiful words and music for the film of the book and sang of Jonathon being lost on a distant shore. I set out to find my ‘distant shore’. At the time, Coast was showing the Submerged Forest of Borth. We went to stay close by, for a special anniversary, and the owner of the hotel, Ynyslas Hall, told me of the legend of Cantre Gwaelodd, the lost land beyond the Submerged Forest. Although I was yet to know it, her words planted the seed for my project.

I had just got a new camera, a 6×6 Bronica, and for three days during a bitter cold February, John helped me set up my film & digital cameras with portable lighting & I took photographs of seagulls on my distant shore the Submerged Forest. There were no Seagulls to be found!

to be continued :

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Myth or Manipulation

Many of you looking at these images might wonder if they are petrified trees; trees that have been turned to stone through the process of ‘permineralization’ .


Certainly the technician at Metro Imaging in London, who did an absolutely brilliant job of setting them into Light Boxes, thought they were stone. He knew they weren’t manipulated through Photoshop or the like because he had their Raw Files for record but he sharpened them up, as is the need when mounting in Light Box, far too much and the beautiful reality of the wood grain started to be lost.

As a student photographer, the bane of my life was the instant reaction of most tutors when they saw any photograph. “Is it sharp?” they would say and immediately start to examine every little detail. How sharp is sharp when the man – as in human –  behind the camera is looking for a certain effect – and no, I don’t mean the Bokeh effect, I just mean allowing the atmosphere and desired creation to dictate where and how much should be sharp within an image.

And there it is. The web is full of wonderful images there for everyone to enjoy. Some will be untouched, some developed and some will be manipulated beyond any comparison with the original representation. As an artist I use lighting to create the image in a closer likeness to what I feel and see in my imagination; the result is usually moody, mystical and although a true representation of the subject, often having a quality that leads the viewer to ask the question, “How did you do that? Did you use Photoshop?”

And there it is. The myth about manipulation. “If it is different or more beautiful or strange than you have ever seen, then it must be manipulated”. Or must it?

The truth about manipulation is that if a photographer is genuine about his craft then he should be happy to show you his Raw files; not give you them, just show you them. Over the next week I shall share some images and the story of how I came to be privileged enough to take photographs of the Submerged Forest. For now, here are some of my Raw files, untouched, just as they were taken into Lightroom for

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Oriel Q – Spirit of Ynyslas – Forthcoming Exhibition

I am very excited to have an ‘On the Stair’ Exhibition of my images from ‘Spirit of Ynyslas’ opening in  Oriel Q in Narbeth on Saturday 25th February. If you would like to come to the opening       ~     2pm – 4pm   on Saturday 25th February  ~    I would be absolutely delighted.

It is going to be a wonderful exhibition of work by artists from Borth, Cardiganshire, the place of origin of ‘Spirit of Ynyslas’.oriel-q_-feb-2017_001__________________________________________



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A Project Shared – An Exhibition Approaching

My first term in BA1 Fine Art Painting, Drawing and Printmaking is now behind me and these images are of my mini project in Painting and Colour Theory. The project was ‘Found Objects’ and it probably doesn’t come as any surprise that I linked the project to the recent loss of my Mum.  

‘Her Colours’, ‘Her Bouquet’ and ‘Her Style’.

You may be confused – I am A Fine Art Photographer – what am I doing sharing some very student level attempts at painting? And why am I even attempting to paint when I am a photographer?

Well, if you are interested in the answer then please read on.  Otherwise, my next post will have some exciting Fine Art Photography news – to me anyway – about my latest exhibition! Continue reading

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Amazing Peer Support – plus my BA Photography Dissertation

I have thought about this very little, so I am being brave; just putting it out there, bring on the crit. I have come to the decision that if I am going to continue my blog then I have to stop binning all those posts I have written and then binned because they were too candid. Artists should be open with their thoughts. After all, why else are we artists? I’m talking about telling what you really feel and think. Not about other individuals – unless it’s brilliantly supportive, that is.  About your own performance and progression. If you are brave enough to be truthful then why not tell; especially if it might help someone else along the way.
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Summer 2016

My summer was a mixture of very special times and very sad times, looking after my lovely, wonderful Mum who was taken ill whilst staying with us here in Pembrokeshire and could not return to her home in the North of England. Sadly, she passed away on November 3rd and now I have to rebuild my life without her. I shall never stop missing her.

I am now in my first year of a Fine Art Degree and having missed  most of this terms work, am determined to catch up. I am so loving the challenge of drawing and painting, the self discovery and the freedom of art beyond the lens. I am fortunate enough to have some of my work from my June exhibition, which Mum saw and admired (of course she loved it – she was my Mum), on show now in Oriel Q, in the Winter Open. It has given me such a boost. The opening is tomorrow, and we hope that everyone who can, will come and join in the opening, have some Mulled Wine and support this amazing gallery by buying some of the 100 pieces that are on exhibit there.

I shall try my best to keep my blog active now – those of you who have followed in the past must wonder if ever I shall – but I am going to give it one last, best shot.

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Access to Fine Art – a year of toil, tribulations and amazingly exciting discoveries into art.

My last post, Sept 2014, not only signified the end to four fantastic years of my photography degree but also the beginning of the most difficult year yet. OK not so much difficult, as loaded. So loaded I have not once updated my website.  However, it was even better than I could ever have dreamt of, as I have been introduced to the joys of painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics.

The year is coming to an end and today I put up my exhibition in Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen’s School of the Arts, as usual with a little help from my amazing, incredibly supportive husband.  I am really excited to be opening, along with my fellow students, this Friday June 10th at 7pm.

All are welcome and we look forward to a fantastic evening.

My main images will go onto my website this weekend after the opening and then please look out for pictures of our home project. The joint one with John, repairing the really interesting part of our home, a WW11 Happidrome. A real part of history, a really special part of our home and a real space for the developing of photography and the creation of art.

Thanks for reading. I am having a truly fantastic journey – I really hope some of my readers are also experiencing the joys of new ventures; I don’t think I will ever stop.

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King Street Gallery – Graduate Exhibition

Today is one of the most exciting days of my University endeavour; it kind of brings to an end, rounds off in the best possible way, my four years of learning. That is, learning to be a Fine Art Photographer. King Street Gallery Graduate Exhibition, 2015 – opens today at 17:30 and I am one of the lucky six graduates to have their work on show.

In this last year of my degree I have received two special awards, the Dissertation Award, awarded by my tutor, Amelia Kilvington and the Carmarthenshire Learner of the Year Award, for which I was nominated by my Tutor Iain Davies.

Recieving My Dissertation Award from Amelia

Recieving My Dissertation Award from Amelia

Both are absolutely fantastic to have achieved and I couldn’t have done it without the fantastic support of John, my Husband and my tutors.

John, my husband, Iain and myself

John, , Iain and myself

This exhibition, at the King Street Gallery couldn’t be more appropriate as a perfect finale to a fantastic four years.

My ‘Spirit of Ynyslas’ installation piece is one of the six exhibits chosen to be a part of the King Street Gallery Degree Show. I feel very honoured but most of all, really excited that my installation will be seen by a such a wide audience. I hope that everyone who comes to see it gets close to feeling the excitement and awe that I felt when I first experienced standing on the beach amongst the ancient roots of the 5000 year old submerged forest.

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“to BLOG, or not to BLOG, that is the……………………….

Just how can a simple, really quite trivial in the big picture , question of blogging disturb my mind for approximately 18 months? So much so, that the hundreds of blog posts I’ve written are still filed, not to be shared through lack of conviction as to their worth.

I know that I have been a complete waste of space with my blogging BUT I do have a reason; totally justifiable to myself, but not really to others I am sure.

18 Months ago a highly regarded Tutor, and Director of a highly regarded Gallery & Art Space, suggested to me that blogs linked to a Professional Site should be professional and not personal – oops -not my style you know! BUT, I totally took it on board – hence half of my blogs are still filed, not POSTED. The following week my other tutor, highly regarded as being knowledgeable when it comes to judgement regarding marketing, (and the number of words/length of lines in a module workbook if you want the tutor to read it) advised that any blog post longer than 250 words was not going to be read. So now, the other half of my BLOG POSTS are  filed , NOT posted.

I finally had an epiphany earlier this week and I do think I have solved the problem and so, shall return to blogging, which I secretly enjoy immensely. Here is how I shall do it :

  • I shall split my blog post into two
  • the first half shall be absolutely on a professional basis, short sharp and to the point
  • the second half shall be hidden away in the “click here if you want to get personal and have time and the desire to listen to my rant”

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‘Spirit of Ynyslas’ ~ Lost Kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod

When I first stepped onto the shores of Cardigan Bay, in Borth, Wales, I wasn’t certain of what I was going to find. I’d heard about the submerged forest but had no other information – I was on a rekkie for my Advanced Creative Project part one (ACP1), my next to last module in my degree. I had already virtually decided that it would be based around the ancient woodlands of Lawrenny. In fact that is exactly what ACP1 turned out to be;  ‘Spirit of the Druid’ ~ Lawrenny

However, once I stood amongst the 5000 year old remains of the ‘seashore forest’, I just knew that I was in the right place for my final ACP2 work. I wondered amongst the tree remains, some just small stumps and some much larger; there was lots of silt covered peat where there were more roots buried below and lots of  peat with just fragments of root appearing through the blackness. I felt in awe of their longevity; even though they had been felled or damaged beyond hope by the power of the elements, they had survived in some form; a wonder for us all to see. The following are some of my first attempts to capture that feeling on camera.

Because the weather is often unpredictable on the coast my first images were taken using strobes in low light due the tide coverage during the day. However, on my next visit the tides were different and I was able to experiment with water movement and alternative lighting, all the time looking to portray in my image, that strange, mystical feeling that I was experiencing when amongst these ancient roots and trees.

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The following images do not in any way reflect my own visualisation, however I have included them here to show how the light creates such rich colours when falling on wet Oak and Pine.

Later in the day, as the light began to fade, the sky became more interesting and as I walked further along the shore, I became more a part of the forest and realised that there was much more to explore than I had first thought.


For those of you who are still with me on the shores of Cardigan Bay, I say a huge thank you and promise that when we finally get to the Lost Kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod, beyond the Submerged  Forest on the shores of Ynyslas, you will be pleased you put up with my protracted journey – is it called ‘setting the scene’? I guess it is. And, as my exhibition doesn’t open until Friday, I don’t want to pre-empt the moment.

See you tomorrow, and thanks, again!

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