Carys Roberts, a Welsh speaker was born in Swansea. She was awarded First Class Honours in Fine Art in Birmingham college of Art and won the Louise Ann Ryland scholarship for drawing.
Carys taught Art in Wolverhampton and Bishop Gore School, Swansea from where she retired as Head of Art in July 2009.
She has exhibited her work since 1972 including in the Midlands, Carmarthen, Tenby, Hay on Wye, Brecon and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. Carys exhibits regularly with The Attic gallery in their summer and Winter Shows and shared a three artist exhibition there in 2013. She also volunteers and exhibits with Swansea Print Workshop, for example, recently at Y Galeri in Caerphilly and Galerie Simpson in Swansea.
“I draw inspiration from my environment, the patterns and forms found in the Gower coast’s resource of rich images. I never tire of exploring the textures and rhythms I find in its changing moods and atmosphere and attempt to portray these by the use of line, tone and light effects.
“Many things in everyday life also inspire me, from the plants and produce in the Vetch Veg community garden, birds and animals I see in my everyday life to the boats and fish which link this seaside city with its famous market. In fact, everywhere I look I see the potential for a new print! I try to express the essence of an image, whether it be the atmosphere, movement or character which captures my attention. I use printmaking processes including etching, dry-point and relief, combining different techniques when appropriate. My prints begin through the medium of drawing but take on a life of their own. It is this unpredictability that I find so refreshing in the world of the printed image.”