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Exhibition by Landscape Artist Ray Burnell

1 – 31 May

Courtyard Gallery

Ray started to paint again after he moved to West Wales thirteen years ago. Originally from Devon, he finds a lot of similarities between the coasts, rivers and countryside of the West Country and those of West Wales. As a Welsh learner he is also interested in the links between landscape, history and language.

Ray paints mainly landscapes and seascapes of West Wales in oils but recently he’s tried mixed media art and has begun to introduce materials such as sand and slate etc. to add interesting textures and abstract shapes to his work.

He goes “Plein Air” painting one day a week in the spring and summer. Painting out in the landscape is a completely different experience from painting in the studio, he says… Painting outside in West Wales is a challenge sometimes, with changing light , weather and wildlife – from angry horseflies to sandwich stealing Preseli ponies !!

More information on Ray Burnell and his work, including what’s on his easel at the moment, can be found on his website. This review is also well worth reading: