Carys Roberts, a Welsh speaker was born in Swansea. She took an Arts Foundation course in Swansea before attending Birmingham University where she was awarded First Class Honours in Fine Art and won the Louise Ann Ryland scholarship for drawing.
After completing her training, she spent a year working with disabled people in Birmingham. She then taught Art in Wolverhampton and latterly Bishop Gore School, Swansea where she retired as Head of Art in July 2009
She has exhibited her work since 1972 including the Midlands, Carmarthen, Tenby, Hay on Wye, Brecon and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. She also works at and shows annually with the Swansea Print Workshop, and her work was included in their exhibition taken to Pakistan. She has shown in the Summer and Winter Shows at the Attic Gallery, since 2003.
“I have always drawn inspiration from my home environment, in particular the patterns and forms found locally in the Gower coast’s never ending resource of rich images. I never tire of exploring the textures and rhythms I find in it’s changing moods and atmosphere and attempt to portray these by the use of line, tone and light effects.
“Recently I have diversified into using objects of interest as starting points for experimentation in printmaking. For example, the plants in the Vetch Veg project, which I help maintain, animals I see in my everyday life and the boats and fish which link this seaside city with its famous market.
In fact everywhere I look, I see the potential for a new image! I try to express the essence of an image, whether it be the atmosphere, movement or character which captures my attention. My prints begin through the medium of drawing but take on a life of their own. It is this unpredictability that I find so refreshing in the world of the printed image."