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Anglesey art

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Anwen Roberts has spent years capturing the drama of Anglesey’s rural life on canvas.

She is one of about 40 people who have been selected from 400 North Wales artists to have her work shown at an exhibition at the Oriel Ynys Môn Gallery in Llangefni.

Anwen was brought up in South Wales, but went to college in Pontypool and studied fine arts at the University of Staffordshire.

Her father was raised on Anglesey and her late grandparents’ home is opposite the farm at Trearddur Bay, where she now lives with husband, Iwan, and their two sons.

“I always carry a camera with me and when I visit a farm or an auction I like to take photographs which I can work from later,” says Anwen.

She used to use acrylics, but now works almost exclusively in oils. “It’s a very different medium. Acrylics dry so quickly, but with oils you work on a few things at the same time while you wait for one part to dry.

“When you’re working on the farm, you can’t stop to set up and draw things, no matter how much you might like to. But with my dad being a farmer and Iwan a farmer, I am experiencing it and not just observing as a passer-by. You see the seasons change and watch the start of lambing. Sometimes I can take my sketch book into the lambing shed.”

The exhibition (which will run from from March 2 to April 14) is being organised in conjunction with Anglesey Arts Forum and the Helfa Gelf/Art Trail, which form the North Wales Open Studios Network.

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Tim Relf

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