Jenny Keal is based in rural Mid Wales. She is an artist who draws her inspiration from the rich history of the landscape. She is especially interested in vernacular architecture and social history, and is content to explore the most remote places, to locate an old farm or cottage set in wild scenery. Her inspiration is also drawn from the atmospheric effects of the weather on the landscape, and the geology of mountain, valley and coast. She has a keen interest in myth and legend and tries to weave these influences into her work.
"Most of us need natural scenery and wild places to restore our spirits and sense of well-being. There is nothing more therapeutic for me than a walk in the Welsh uplands. The scent of heather and gorse on the wind, the song of the lark, miles of open, empty space, what more can we ask for?
Imagine these hills we love covered in Wind Turbines, sacrificed to the greedy businessmen and politicians with no scruples. Renewable energy is a fine concept, one which I support wholeheartedly, but Wind Energy is far from the environmentally friendly option that it is portrayed by the developers. Don't be fooled by their 'spin' of saving the planet!
Vast amounts of concrete poured into our primary water source, huge access roads across previously empty hillsides, new pylons marching across the
landscape to say nothing of the hideous machines themselves. One is reminded of Tolkiens vision of the destruction of middle earth by the evil forces of
greed and lust for power."
David Bellamy specialises in painting wild mountain and coastal scenes, and is particularly fascinated by the moods of nature in the wild places. His paintings have reached private collections in many parts of the world. A full time artist and author, he has written ten books illustrated with his paintings.To view electronically reproduced graphics of some of the paintings by Jenny Keal and her artist husband David Bellamy please click on the following web link.
His latest, David Bellamy’s Pembrokeshire will be published by Halsgrove Publishing in September 2004. Five videos on watercolour painting by David have been produced by APV Films of Chipping Norton. He runs watercolour painting courses in the UK and overseas and demonstrates to art Societies.
Through his painting and writing he hopes to bring about a greater awareness of the threats to the natural environment, and he is particularly active in conserving the wild areas. He is a patron of the Marine Conservation Society’s Seas for Life Appeal. David regularly features on radio and television in both painting and conservation roles.
"Much of upland Wales is the closest we have to wild places. It is wonderfully uplifting scenery, its beauty and tranquillity the main reason tourists come and many settle. Introducing wind turbines into this lovely natural countryside will completely destroy that beauty as well as the tourism economy on which Wales relies.
The pathetic amount of part-time energy these turbines generate is not going to make the slightest dent in any global climate change, in itself a questionable concept.
The present government which shows unswerving loyalty towards US corporations, holds nothing but contempt for the Welsh, Scots or the Northern English country dwellers.
Only by letting them know that we totally reject their destructive policies on the countryside can we stop them."
Landscape paintings of Wales
Please also visit Jenny Keal & her artist husband David Bellamy's excellent website
to see their works of art, books, videos and painting holidays.
Christine Lovelock the talented daughter of the world-renowned scientist and environmentalist James Lovelock is throwing her talents as an artist behind the fight against the construction of wind turbines in one of the most beautiful areas of the Westcountry. Christine Lovelock is producing a series of paintings depicting the captivating landscapes and atmospheres of Fullabrook Down, North Devon, which has been targeted for 22 wind turbines, each 360ft high - the largest planned for the Westcountry.
To view electronically reproduced graphics of some of Christine Lovelock's paintings please click on the following web link.
"At the end of September 2004, I walked up the hill from Barnstaple to Ashford, and along towards Luscott Barton. I stopped at a field gateway and the view that I saw was the range of hills behind Braunton where, if a new planning application is passed, a wind farm will be built. For the moment, it is a quiet and beautiful part of the English countryside. If the plan to put 22 giant turbines across these hills is passed, the heart of North Devon will become an industrial site.
As an artist who cares passionately about the countryside, whether it be mountains, moorland or the more intimate little fields that so characterise North Devon, I decided that the best way I can make my protest about wind turbine "farms" would be through my paintings.
I spent many years monitoring data from an atmospheric monitoring station set up by my father, James Lovelock, and I have been concerned about environmental issues since the 1960s. Windfarms are inefficient, expensive and damaging to the local environment.
We don't all live in the countryside, but even those of us who live in the cities need to know that the countryside is there for us when we need it, as a place of retreat and a haven of peace.
If you care about it, I hope you will join the fight to preserve it, before it is no longer a green and pleasant land, but a place of white satanic mills."
Landscapes & Seascapes
Visit Christine Lovelock's website
to see her paintings, art postcards, and the art exhibitions that display her work.
Visit the Artists Against Wind Farms website