WHEN ill-health ended her opera career, Pembrokeshire’s Beth Robinson returned to her coastal roots and turned to painting as her creative outlet.
Beth’s latest exhibition, My Ancient and Timeless Home, opens on 18 July and runs until 2 September at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids.
She is the current artist in residence at the venue, which is owned and managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.
The self-taught artist has produced new land and seascape paintings for her residency, showcasing her distinctive ‘colourist’ brand of semi-abstract work in the Tower Gallery.
Before putting brush to canvas, Beth enjoyed a successful career on the world opera stage, performing with legendary opera singers including Pavarotti and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
“Throughout my childhood, I walked for hours on the mountains around my family home, drinking in the beauty and the spirit of the land,” she said.
“I always wanted to express the feelings of nostalgia, belonging and ‘hiraeth’ that the area always engendered in me, but at that time I didn’t know how. At school it was either art or music, and I was headed for a career in opera.
”Over the years, this feeling intensified, along with a growing sense of frustration that I couldn’t distill these feelings into something more tangible.
“Ill health ended my opera career, so in 1997 I came home to Pembrokeshire and started to play with paint, trying to express the emotions and sense of history that the area has always produced in me.”
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