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Inspired: Janet Bell




by Charlotte van Praagh, 22nd May 2017

Landscape paintings by Janet Bell, Anglesey

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Originally from Cheshire, artist and gallery owner Janet, husband Sean and their son Rafferty have lived in Beaumaris for the past 10 years, and are just about to move to nearby Penmon. Featured back in issue 21 of Welsh Coastal Life, Janet ismarking her anniversary with a solo exhibition, Janet Bell –10 Years on Anglesey, in June.

"This year marks my 10-year anniversary of moving to Anglesey and opening the studio that would a couple of years later become the Janet Bell Gallery. It all came about by total chance. I’d read an article about tapestry artist Elizabeth Bradley who ran a B&B in Beaumaris. I thought it looked lovely and would make a perfect break for my husband and I, but when I called she didn’t have any vacancies. I Googled other places and found a gorgeous windmill, where we ended up staying. In the space of a weekend we fell completely in love with Anglesey. Sean and I were both working from home just outside Chester, and we’d always wanted to live by the sea, so we thought ‘why not?’. We moved to the island a few weeks later. Anglesey’s really got under my skin. I see the sea, the mountains and the fields changing with the seasons and think about how I’d recreate a scene, what colour palette I’d use. It’s a very special place and I feel very lucky to live here.”

Above: TY COCH – “I’ve always loved hidden beaches, and this one on the Llyn Peninsula comes with one of the best pubs in the world.”

Scroll down for more of Janet's work:
  

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GALLOWS POINT – “I painted this in about 2011. My style started to change here and I began using a softer colour palette. It’s my favourite view of Beaumaris, seen from the boatyard on the edge of town. From this distance, the bright, colourful houses become more muted, which was my palette for this piece. I love cool greys and quite wintery shades.”

 

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LLANDDWYN FLOWERS – “I’ve probably painted Llanddwyn more times than anywhere else in the UK now. Every time I go there, it never ceases to inspire me with its beauty.”

 

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BENLLECH – “Everyone in this painting is a real person. Through social media, we asked people if they wanted to be in one of my pictures and they sent us photographs of themselves, their children, dogs – and even campervans – and I worked each one of the 80 different elements into this beach scene.”

 

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PUFFIN ISLAND – “This is the first picture I ever painted of Anglesey back in 2007, not long after I’d visited for the first time, so it’s hugely nostalgic. As an artist you sometimes produce work that you look back on and cringe at, but though I can see my style has changed since, I still love this – and we still regularly sell cards featuring it.”

  

Some more of Janet's work...

 

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Janet Bell has two galleries in Beaumaris: one on 15 Castle Street, LL58 8AP (tel: 01248 810043) which will soon be re-launched as Janet Bell Home; and 2 Wall Street, LL588BS. (tel: 01248 811050). They’re both open 10am-5pm Mon-Sat and 10am-4pm on Sundays.

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