Pembrokeshire is full of art galleries, artists’ studios and memories of well known figures from the art world. Graham Sutherland, who left a collection of his paintings to Wales
first visited Pembrokeshire in 1934 and said it was the place where he ‘began to learn painting’. He recalled being fascinated by ‘twisted gorse on the cliff edge… the flowers and damp hollows… the deep green valleys and the rounded hills and the whole structure, simple and complex’. Sutherland discovered in Pembrokeshire a landscape of ‘exultant strangeness’ but also felt that he was ‘as much part of the earth as my features were part of me’.
The John family (Gwen and Augustus) came from Haverfordwest and John Piper featured the hills around Strumble Head in a number of his works.
The light and the landscape continue to attract artists to this part of the country and there are courses run by Indigo Brown just down the road in Letterston throughout the autumn and winter, for anyone wishing to combine a Tegfan holiday with some formal art instruction.