Born in a small mining village in the south Wales valleys in the 1950's, I have lived most of my life in Wales, apart from a few years working in London. A negative experience in my school years derailed me from pursuing my love of painting professionally, so after careers in the public, private and third sectors I am now a semi-retired, primarily self-taught emerging artist. I have taken some online courses with Yorkshire based artists, Lousie Fletcher (Find Your Joy) and Joy Fahey, and have just started to work collaboratively with an established professional artist.
I'm still finding my voice and enjoy exploring the worlds around me, both seen and 'unseen.' I am interested in the transitions, edges and overlaps that we move through each day, season and life journey.
I draw from the Celtic Christian heritage in Wales and may use sacred text, poetry or stories of the saints and their spirituality as sources of inspiration. I love the land I live in and feel a deep connection. I seek to express the emotions I feel when I am out walking the land.
Often my work has strong colour and contrasts with a dynamic feel interrupted by moments of quiet reflection. I am increasingly moving along a road towards abstract expressionism.
I have been involved in solo and group exhibitions in Llanelli over the last few years and a solo exhibition at the Senedd Cymru in 2018, I have a joint exhibition planned for with a fellow artist in Carmarthenshire for 2022.
I am the founder of the Y Tŷ Celf - The Arthouse collective based in Llanelli which supports emerging artists and provides opportunities for the community to participate and explore their creativity.
Contact: Deb Chapman on 07974 213362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org