Janet Llewellyn

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Janet Llewellyn

 

I was born and spent the first seven years of my life in a small, primitive farmhouse with no electricity, running water, bathroom, telephone or any of the modern facilities that we now take so much for granted. Nevertheless I have nothing but happy memories of those days.

 

Now, inevitably, a smart four/five bedroom house replaces what I knew so I rejoice in the fact that Pembrokeshire has preserved some gems from the past that have escaped too much modernisation and I have had much pleasure in revisiting some and attempting to represent them on paper for thisexhibition.

 

Following a busy working life of mother, farmer's wife and teacher I took up drawing and painting twelve years ago having had no previous experience.

 

In trying to make up for lost time I have been lucky enough to spendseveral weeks painting alongside wonderful international artists such as Alvaro Castagnet, Joseph Zbukvic, Ken Paine and others who all demonstrate great passion in their work and provide inspiration and encouragement.

 

I feel I'm still searching for my own unique style, learning all the time. I'm influenced by colour and movement and I love to experiment with different media which then dictates which direction I take.

I love charcoal work, but then I'm also strongly drawn to watercolour - when you can let the water do its job and there's less drawing to do. Really I think for me, it's more about the pleasure of the process, solving the problems, and achieving the desired effect.

 

Irritatingly despite having taught maths as a career I still get the perspective wrong on a regular basis.