The gloriously varied scenery of Pembrokeshire has inspired many artists over the centuries, with its secret creeks, golden beaches, wild Preseli Hills, savage cliffs, medieval castles, gaunt crags, bird islands and little harbours shoe horned into folds of the coast.
David Bellamy was born in the shadow of the great keep of Pembroke Castle and is passionate about the Pembrokeshire Landscape. An artist with an international reputation, he has written more than 10 books illustrated with his paintings, and produced five practical guides to watercolour painting on video. He has also appeared many times on TV, including his own series ‘Painting Wild Wales’ on HTV.
He often takes great pains to get into position for some of his sketches, sometimes in danger of losing more than his paintbox; such as when the cliff collapsed under him; getting cut off by the tide; abseiling down a cliff to enter a cave system to record one of the most beautiful underground chambers in Britain.
David now lives in Mid Wales with his partner, artist Jenny Keal, whose paintings are also showing in this gallery. His watercolour paintings are shown throughout the UK and further afield. He is also in great demand as a demonstrator and tutor for painting classes and courses worldwide.
\'Ever since my boyhood days in Llanddewi Velfrey, nature and the landscape have been close to my heart, not just for painting, but for walking in, for enjoying its natural beauty, for getting away from the rat-race of life, and for recharging my increasingly-stressed batteries. Not just the beautiful vistas, the birds and wildlife, and the flowers, but the humble weeds, and the mud yes, they too contribute to our natural glories. Yet never before in our history has our glorious countryside come under such dire threat on such a massive, all-encompassing scale as we are now witnessing in Wales. I strongly feel, therefore, that it is the duty of landscape artists to make every effort to share this natural beauty through their paintings.
It is to Pembrokeshire that I return most often to paint, and the one subject that I have painted most over the years is without doubt the River Cleddau in its many guises and moods. Although I must have hundreds of sketches of the river I still value the delights of working directly from nature. All the watercolours were painted from sketches carried out on location. Sketching outdoors is a marvellous way of meeting locals, whatever the language, as well as bringing the artist that much closer to nature. We need to embrace the honesty of nature now, more than ever, and I hope these paintings will rekindle the desire to seek out this natural beauty.\'