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Leah Green

  • Painting


I trained as a clay sculptor in France, however since moving to North Wales my art practice has changed to favour paint on canvas in response to the dramatic landscape of the Llyn Peninsula and a need to capture the intimacies of ever-changing colours and light.

Directions to studio

The house is just off the mini roundabout opposite the corner shop in the centre of Nefyn, follow the sign on foot.

Studio information

Family friendly Wheelchair friendly Parking nearby Toilet access Welsh Speaker Work for sale Price range 250 Commissions accepted

Contact & address Details

Stryd Y Ffynnon, Nefyn, Pwllheli LL53 6LD, UK 07984 890713

Studio Opening Times

September 2018 Times:
Opening Times: 11am - 5pm
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    Opening Times: 7pm - 9pm
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My working life began in the corporate world of banking where I built a career of 20 years and gained extensive experience as a trainer/facilitator. I moved to France in 2004 to follow a long held ambition to learn sculpture in clay. Soon I began exhibiting alongside my teacher and mentor and opened my own studio, creating original works and also bringing art sessions to individuals, groups, schools and associations, both in French and English. Meanwhile my work gained renown and press coverage and I was delighted to be the Invitee d'Honneur at the prestigious annual Salon at Le Chateau des Rohans and to accept commissions from private individuals and from the local authority.

I moved to North Wales in 2016, a place that had drawn my husband and I back, year on year, for holidays that always seemed too short. In my first year here I concentrated on finishing my Open University degree course in French & Art History, graduating with a BA(hons),1st Class.  I am now delighted to be able to concentrate again on my art practice, which has changed to favour paint on canvas in response to the dramatic landscape that surrounds me and the need to capture the intimacies of ever-changing colours and light. Whilst my work remains figurative, I find that this land pulls my work further towards the mystical or the cusp of surreal, perhaps because of its truly unspoilt beauty and its perceived seclusion from the modern world.

My great pleasure, since the corporate days, has been developing others to achieve their potential and to watch their self-confidence grow as they realise their own abilities.  Art practice is a cathartic activity that unlocks us from the pressures and confines of daily life, and gives us permission to show our true thoughts and feelings through an infinitely creative medium.  Alongside my own art practice I am once again sharing my passion for the creative arts through tuition and encouraging as many folk as possible, to pick up a paintbrush and experience the magic.  Art for the sheer joy of it.

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