JOURNEYS across Pembrokeshire's rivers and seas have been depicted by the artist in residence at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids.

Designer and illustrator Deborah Withey’s exhibition Croesi/Crossings opened on Friday, December 20.

It features a series of paintings and mixed media collages depicting significant journeys across the rivers and seas departing from Pembrokeshire and has been supported by the Arts Council for Wales.

American-born Deborah moved to St Davids in 2009 and is inspired by Celtic and Medieval art, Welsh history, beliefs, landscape and people.

She said: “Sea and river crossings are not only central to the story of Pembrokeshire and visually exciting, but have also had a major impact on my life. I was born in America because my grandparents left Wales, boarded the ocean liner, Aquitania, and crossed the Atlantic to New York. And 70 years on, I crossed the Atlantic in the opposite direction to come back.”

Croeso/Crossings follows Deborah’s first exhibition at Oriel y Parc which featured illustrations of the Welsh alphabet.

Paula Ellis, Oriel y Parc manager, said: “We are delighted to have Deborah with us. We would love people to come and watch her at work and be inspired by her to go out and experience the National Park’s landscape and culture for themselves.”

The exhibition runs until Friday, January 31 and the artist in residence studio is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm.

Find out more about Deborah’s work online at .

Oriel y Parc is managed by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Its main gallery is managed in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, featuring a rolling programme of exhibitions with treasures from the national collection. The artist in residence programme is run by the Park Authority.