Last year I was commissioned by the National Museum of Wales, to create a drawing of the main museum building, which would then be sold in the museum gift shop.
Sitting in a prominent position at the front of the civic centre in Cardiff city centre, the striking building with its Portland stone façade, was opened to the public in 1922. The building holds an impressive collection of art and other artefacts originating from Wales and across the globe. It’s one of the most recognisable buildings in Cardiff, and is much loved by locals and tourists alike.
I really enjoyed working on this project, but it was made especially tricky, as when I was working out the proportions, the building was under scaffolding, which meant I had to work entirely from photos.
Alongside the drawing of the main museum building, I was also asked to produce four smaller drawings focusing on small architectural details that can be found within the museum. Both the main print and the smaller drawings are available on my website, and from the museum gift shop.
You can find out more about my building drawings here.
This week I was honoured to give a talk to year 3 pupils at Ninian Park Primary School, Cardiff, whose topic was “What Makes Our World Beautiful?” As part of their work, they were reading “The Great Kapok Tree” a book about rainforest conservation, by author and illustrator Lynne Cherry. They explored the story and the messages behind the book, and then drew characters from the book using my artwork as inspiration.
During my visit, we also discussed why it’s important to protect wildlife, which animals we could find in our gardens, and how whales and rewilding can help our ecosystems.
It was such a pleasure to see the work the pupils created – they are filled with pattern and look fabulous!
Read more about my work with schools here.
I’m an artist who creates beautiful memory boxes and intricate ink drawings to help you connect with the people and places you love.