CLOTH, Card and Canvas: A Retrospective Exhibition by Andrea Kelland opens at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, August 22.

The collection of work represents a small part of the many prints and paintings of Andrea’s creative life: from going to art college in 1960 until now.

“The earliest little painting is 1959, whereas the latest oils may still be wet!” she comments.

The exhibition covers Andrea’s four years of study at college in Kingston, the 23 years in Devon which she devoted to bringing up her four children as a single parent, and the 27 years here in Wales, where she began painting again.

Andrea said: “I’ve always said that I think the sea must be in my blood as I’m so drawn to it as a subject of my work. As a student I painted figures in rough surf and diving to calm below, and I continued the theme when I resumed painting many years later.

“While living and locked in Llangadog, I painted the legend of Llyn y Fan Fach which was later exhibited in Oriel Myrddin in their Myths & Legends exhibition. I also made paintings of my local River Sawdde and its tributaries.

But then I moved to Pembrokeshire, nearer the coast and thank goodness.”

Andrea has been a member of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales for many years and she is currently its Vice President. Although passionate about the medium of watercolour, much of her work is executed in oil on canvas, applying the paint quite thickly with a palette knife and brush in her recognisable strong and bold style.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, October 4 and the gallery is open from 10am to 5pm. There is an admission charge.

It is officially being opened by artist Anne Kerr, gallery curator at the Late November Gallery in Haverfordwest.