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"Oil & Water" at Milford Docks

The next exhibition to open at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Docks on Thursday 20 April, "Oil & Water" showcases the work of two different artists who share several similarities. Pembrokeshire locals Jon Houser and Eden Evans both attended Carmarthen College of Art (as it was then called) in the 1990's, both prefer to paint "en plain air" and not from photographs, and both go back frequently to coastal and estuary scenes.

Drawing is Eden's first and main love with light being the inspiration. He explained, "I am more interested in the tonal quality of the work, rather than being a colourist ," In his watercolour painting he reserves the areas he wishes to be white, rather than mask them and in the difficult medium of watercolour that requires strategic planning, he achieves a loose easy style.

As he continues to look he starts to see more deeply and other ideas occur. He continues "Painting requires constant questioning and making decisions about what to include and what to leave out, what marks to make, how best to create the effect I'm searching for."

Eden's work has been selected for exhibition by the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour and by the New English Art Club to name a few.

Jon Houser was introduced to painting after taking an Access to Art Course in 1995 but didn't take up painting seriously until 2011 when he started painting large detailed historic railway scenes in oils, (steam railways having been a childhood passion) and became a member of the Guild of Railway Artists exhibiting at the Chatham Royal Dockyard and the Severn Valley Railway with the Guild's "Railart" Exhibitions. One of these large paintings "The Castle of Neyland" being purchased for the National Library of Wales Collection.

Tired of the constraints of working from photographs in a cramped studio in 2014 Jon's painting subject matter and practice changed to solely working from life, painting landscapes and street scenes, usually by the coast.

Jon said "Often a small rapidly executed oil painting started with a visual response maybe to an effect of bright sunlight could well stand as a finished piece, or sometimes more detailed drawings and colour studies will be made to enable a larger painting to be produced completing on location." It is this direct method of working that has allowed Jon to progress as a painter and give his work a more spontaneous feel.

David Randell, gallery director said "We're really pleased with this show demonstrating the different observational skills of the 2 painters. I think our visitors will find it interesting how the 2 artists treat similar subject matter so differently."

The exhibition opens on Thursday 20 April and continues until 3 June. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am till 4.00pm, closed for lunch 12.30 till 1.30pm.

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