Artwork for Brian Griffiths
Skirrid from Sugar Loaf
Barn Owl Over Tintern
Waun Fach, Black Mountains
Gospel Pass, Black Mountains
Pen y Fan
Pen y Fan
My background is in art and design. I have a degree in Fine Art and a B.Phil. in Landscape Design. I worked as a landscape architect for 10 years before my career as a furniture maker in 1987. Inspired by Macintosh and Shaker furniture and Bauhaus.
I studied gilding and leaded glass and incorporated this in my furniture. I retired from furniture making in 2006.
I have always painted, even from the early age of 5, oils, acrylics but mainly watercolours; landscapes and botanical art. I am a member of the Gloucestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators (GSBI). I enjoy experimenting with different media and techniques based around watercolour. I teach watercolour and outdoor sketching to private classes.
I have been a full-time landscape photographer and watercolour artist since 2006.
My interest in photography really took-off when I got a digital camera in 2002. My approach to photography is more from a painters view than straight record shots. I use Photoshop to produce images of how I perceived the view, usually this involves balancing the colours and highlights.
Artist and Photographer
Landscape photography of the local area, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Wye Valley and Herefordshire. Mostly colour but also black and white.
This is the area of Britain that I love most. I walk extensively and love to capture the light and landscape that inspire me. Often, I start my walk-in darkness in order to be in the right place for sunrise or that special pre-dawn light.
I take great care to develop the images to represent the feel of the landscape rather than a plain record shot. My B+W images are often developed in many layers, each area receiving individual attention.
Paintings; I have painted all my life; I had a long break when I had a family and a bespoke furniture business. I came back to painting in 2007 with botanical illustration. Since 2014 my landscape painting has taken more of my time. I enjoy various experimental techniques and textures with watercolours, inks and mixed media, I paint scenes from memory rather than photographs as this conjures more of an impression of how I felt.
Teaching; I have been teaching 2 watercolour classes each week since 2015. Having never taught before I was very unsure about agreeing to teach, but now it is a very important part of my work. I try to cover as many diverse aspects of watercolour as possible, various techniques and subject matter.
Court Cupboard Craft Gallery, Abergavenny since 2012
Hereford Museum and Art Gallery 'Round the Year from Stonewall Hill' August 2021
Ludlow Assembly Rooms, '6 Artists 6 Hills'. July 2022
Court Cupboard Gallery, Abergavenny