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Lyndon and Evelyn Pugh are a husband and wife team living in mid Wales. Evelyn is a watercolour artist who studied botanical illustration with Moya Davern and Sarah Adams – both RHS Gold Medallists in botanical illustration in the UK – and pursued a range of watercolour courses at the University of Wales. She also has an RHS diploma in horticulture.
Evelyn has lived in Wales for 40 years, and is married, with two children. She now enjoys being a watercolour painter in Brecon and Pembrokeshire, having also worked in Ceredigion.
Lyndon Pugh is retired after a career in higher education and now writes poetry and prose in English and Welsh. His work reflects his interest in Welsh culture, landscape and history, as well as wider concerns.
on April 08, 2013 :
Paintings & Poems describes life, nature, and history through twenty-two beautiful works of art and twenty-one thought provoking poems that reflect the images.
Evelyn uses watercolors to paint nature, woodlands, flowers, water, and sunsets - just to name a few. Lyndon’s poems are written to reflect the beautiful Welsh culture.
What is interesting about Paintings & Poems is the inclusion of history which is explained briefly. It offers just enough to entice the reader to want to research more on their own. For example, Evelyn’s painting of Pentre Ifan in West Wales looks like England's Stonehenge. There’s a mystery to explore and compare.
There seems to be a personal side to this lovely little book – about childhood and life’s situations. As in life, not always pretty.
My favorite is ‘Night Fears’. The watercolor is a black and purple open window with an ominous view, and the poem describes the title.
Whether or not one is a painter or a poet, Paintings & Poems can be enjoyed by everyone.
(reviewed the day of purchase)