This site shows almost all my work depicting 'Paintings of Wales'.
It captures Wales in oil and watercolour and is continually updated with new paintings.
are considered and paintings are available as Fine Art prints in various sizes.
Those shown with a red dot are sold and other paintings may be for sale.
I was born into a mining family in the small village of Tiryberth in the Rhymey Valley, South Wales.
Grandparents on my dad's side came down from Llanllechid near Bethesda, North Wales in the early 1920's/30's.
They settled in Abertridwr, South Wales, before moving a few miles to Tiryberth. His job was a coal miner
Unfortunately, he died in Penallta Colliery in his mid forties, hit by a tram - so I never got to meet him.
My Grandmother continued to live in Tiryberth where she died in the early 60's. Grandparents on my mothers side
come from Gilfach, near Bargoed, both had died before I was born.
Looking back to my early school years I can say that art or painting and drawing was a lot easier than maths
and the rest. And thats how it has always been, though I will say that I went on to become a Design Draughtsman
for 41 years before retiring in 2008, so 'the rest' wasn't that bad - it goes without saying I now enjoy painting
at my leisure.
I was born in July 1951, the second of seven children in Grey's Crescent, Tiryberth. When I was three, our family
moved to nearby Cefn-hengoed where I lived until I married Avril Bird of Hengoed in Dec' 1974. We bought a house
in Pengam Road, Ystrad Mynach and we live there today.
I attended Derwendeg infants'/Primary school in Cefn-Hengoed, then went to Graddfa Secondary modern School for boys'
in lower Ystrad Mynach.
Drawing and painting continued all through these years but at 16 my ability to draw took me in a different direction
and I enjoyed a career with two companies as a design draughtsman lasting 41 years, 21 years with South Wales Switchgear,
Pontllanfraith (including a five year apprenticeship) and 20 years with Linde Fork Lift Trucks.
During my working years I continued to paint in my leisure time and local subjects became the theme of my paintings which I continue with
today. More recently, I have painted other parts of Wales and all are featured on my site.
The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth has and continues to archive my work so all paintings will be available on the web and into the future.
It is pleasing to know that my website and all its contents is being archived by the National library of Wales,
Aberystwyth part of the UK Web Archive for its Heritage content. The site is continually updated and again its nice to
know that people from far away have commented on details of my paintings with, " that's the farm where our ancestors
lived before going to America." And that makes it all worthwhile.