In the 'art' of the countryside

21 February 2008

S4C’s countryside flagship Ffermio will next week (Monday, 25 February, 8.25pm) feature an artist from the Llyn Peninsula who is inspired by the countryside and agriculture around her.

Carys Bryn lives with her husband Gary and her two teenage children, Cian and Beca at Porth Ysgaden farm in Tudweiliog, Llyn and is very much involved in the day-to-day running of the farm.

But Carys also works as the head of Art at her old school, Ysgol Glan y Môr, Pwllheli and is also a busy artist, working from a unique studio, an old stone barn on the farm.

When Ffermio’s Daloni Metcalfe went to meet her on their beef and sheep farm, she discovered how incredibly hectic her life really is.

Daloni said, “Most artists have to go out and about to look for inspiration, but Carys gets all her material from the place where she lives and works. She’s a very accomplished artist who uses all kinds of fascinating materials in her paintings, such as mixing sand and gravel into her paint. This is a portrayal of a very interesting person which should appeal to a wide television audience.”

Carys, who has a degree in Printmaking and Fine Art, says she paints mainly for enjoyment.

However, she had received a great deal of commissions, in particular for her unique portrayals of Welsh rams. Welsh Black cattle and Welsh cobs. She uses distinctive shapes, composition, colours and textures to interpret the countryside.

Her work has been critically well received and she has exhibited in a number of galleries, including Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Wirral and Betws y Coed.

Her previous work includes commissions to illustrate the children’s book series Tecwyn y Tractor, as well as a number of other Welsh books.

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