An art lover since childhood, Gregson began painting in earnest after she moved to Pembrokeshire in 1978.
In those early days she worked hard to master watercolour, seeking total control over her chosen medium. A decade later, however, she decided to embrace mixed media – inks, acrylics and pastels – as a vehicle for better expressing her feelings for the Pembrokeshire landscape.
Originally from Lancashire, Gregson has developed an enduring love for the scenery of north Pembrokeshire. “It’s just magic,” she says. “I think you have to get to know the landscape well in order to paint it, and Pembrokeshire is changing all the time.
“I concentrate on quite a small area really; I like the coast as well as the inland areas, particularly the Preseli mountains. My aim is to capture that magic of Pembrokeshire. The light here is interesting, as it is in a lot of coastal areas. In the winter you’ve got long, sharp shadows which really excite me.”
Gregson prefers not to stay closeted in her studio; instead, she gets outside to experience the landscape at first hand.
“I go out with a sketchbook and a camera, and when I get back to the studio I’m guided by the feeling I have for what I’ve seen. The sketches are very important; they translate into paintings better than photographs.”
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