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5th - 26th November

'Visual Textures' is  an exhibition of paintings by Steven Evans and ceramics by Anna Hale, both artists are inspired by the perceived surface quality of a work of art. It is an element of two-dimensional and three-dimensional designs and is distinguished by its perceived visual and Physical properties. The use of texture, along with other elements of design, can convey a variety of messages and emotions.’



I was always sketching when I was a child, from primary school, through art college where I studied Illustration and Design, and that is where the painting first started, but after leaving Art College I pursued a career in retail. Having then left retail after 25 years, I went back to Art College and studied more about the process and thought on how other artists painted. This helped me to develop my work with more enthusiasm and energy.

I have lived in Port Talbot all my life and everywhere you look there is always something there to inspire me to paint, hills and trees, the steelworks, old decaying parts of Port Talbot and its surroundings, and of course Aberafan Beach with the most amazing sunsets, inspiration everywhere, what town has all of these on their doorstep.

Over the past few years, I have grown more as an artist in producing my own work that inspires me, experimenting, developing, improving and by changing the way I paint that made me more relaxed and content with how I produce a picture. Before this I was always working on commissions of family portraits, and pet portraits that was not fulfilling or inspiring.

Through observation I use different mediums to create different textures and form, also using deeper colours and strong light to enhance my work, as shown in several paintings depicting foliage, rocks and form to give the viewer a sense of being there in the moment with me.

I like to push and test myself when painting especially with  subjects like clouds and flowing water that are always moving, changing shape and colour so quickly, which can be a challenge to capture and predict but exciting to paint, this is where I lose myself in the moment and everything else is non-existent except for the canvas, the paint the subject and my imagination, and of course, good music playing in the background to give me tempo and rhythm with my brushes.


I am a local pottery artist who is influenced by the world around me. Many of my pots start from photos taken whilst walking my dog and then sketched and translated into clay. The images may be from rock surfaces, the same place in different seasons, places or events of special interest or news stories.

My pieces are slab built and the images are added using different textures from found objects or lace and embroidery, that have been handed down from generations, drawn or relief added, this adds depth to the vase. Depending upon the vase it may stand tall or squished to add movement. I enjoy making in this freedom way- having an idea but letting the clay influence the make, allowing the work to stand on its own.

The pieces are then fired in an electric kiln to 1000 degrees c and ready for glaze. Glaze is added to highlight the texture and pattern and makes the pieces nice and shiny, after another firing to 1100-degree c.

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