Maggie Brown, who has been an artist since achieving a BA in Textile Design at Winchester College of Art in 1979, tries to communicate through her painting, that knowledge of a beautiful, rich and diverse landscape comes with conservation of the natural world. Scrubby moors and unkempt hedges are full of life. They are so disregarded, eroded subliminally, and with frightening consequences and she feels they deserve a second glance and need to be preserved.
“I also paint quite seasonally, and in this show, the autumn/winter is prevalent with spring on the way. I like the muted colours and subtlety of a winter landscape, the dark and light and the absolute joy of just being there.”
Maggie sketches outside and then goes back to her studio to create the dramatic scenes.
“I work intuitively, and constantly sketch outdoors. I am then able to develop the paintings in the studio, where I create works which respond to the intimate engagement and ‘feelings’ I have with this precious landscape.”
Visitors will also be able to see an interesting collection of ceramics by Daniel Wright.
The artist, from Haverfordwest, produces hand thrown earthenware and large one-off coiled pots, which are covered in white and coloured slips, and on glaze decoration. He takes inspiration from local architecture and local wildlife.
“Each piece is individually designed and the on glaze is collaged onto the pot according to the shape and brushstrokes under the glaze. I am inspired by medieval slipware and 1950s Ridgeware ceramics particularly the homemaker range. I also have been influenced by the Italian designer P Fornasetti.”