Sat, 17 Jul 2021
I’ll start this post by thanking the brilliant Emily-Jane Hillman for allowing us to display her beautiful artwork at our funeral home.
Our next artist and our first photographer is the wonderful Chris Smart. We have admired Chris’ superb landscape and architecture photography for a while and it was wonderful that she agreed to be our third artist to display their work at No.12.
Here is a little background to her work…..
“My name is Chris Smart and I have lived in North Wales for more than 20 years. Being surrounded by such beautiful scenery, it’s no wonder that my main passion is landscape photography. Surprisingly though, having worked in a camera shop since 1999, my own photographic journey didn’t really begin until 10 years later when a friend introduced me to the hidden gems that can be found within the Welsh landscape. I’m very fortunate to be situated a ‘stones throw’ from the coast in one direction and ten minutes from the mountains in the other.
I particularly enjoy taking my camera out and about and capturing the stunning views, lakes and hills that feature in most of my Snowdonia landscapes. One of my other favourite areas to photograph also has stunning scenery, is steeped in history and has an abundance of fantastic landmarks to offer. Popular with locals and tourists alike, many of these feats of architecture and engineering can be found within my Anglesey Landscapes.
Trying to sell my images seemed to be the natural progression but this was very slow going at first. Putting my work out there and opening myself up to criticism was a little nerve-racking but as I grew my portfolio, more sales followed which gave me the confidence to start my website in 2012. From the dozen or so images I started out with, I now offer a range of products including greetings cards and canvas wraps from a selection of over 400 images.
In 2015 I decided to take things yet another step further. I wanted to be able to control the quality of what I was producing at every stage, so I started my own framing business, as you do. So began (the possibly not so creatively named) 'Smart Framing’. Since then, we (as I cannot take credit for the talent and skill that goes into making the frames) have also been providing all of the picture framing services at Cambrian Photography in Colwyn Bay. We frame a huge variety of items from photographs, paintings and pastels to medals, rugby shirts and even a hammer! We never know what we’re going to see from week to week which is great as it keeps things interesting.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about my photographic journey. I hope you enjoy viewing the images as much as I enjoyed taking them!”
You can find Chris in the links below or at Cambrian Photography in Colwyn Bay.
I’m sure you’ll agree that Chris is a fantastic photographer and we are overjoyed to display her work.
Fri, 16 Jul 2021
We have an amazing cardboard coffin with us from Colourful Coffins. It’s really nice to see such interesting designs.
Wed, 14 Jul 2021
Such a beautiful, but sad day as we said goodbye to the lovely Pat Paginton at Our Lady Star of the Sea. Pat would’ve loved the blue skies.
Tue, 13 Jul 2021
Wonderful to meet Bailey and Bleu today. Thank you so much Ros for bringing them in to see us. And thank you for your kindness and generosity xxxx
Tue, 06 Jul 2021
It’s always incredibly touching when friends who can’t attend a service come out to say goodbye.
It was a privilege to take Mrs Adam’s home today, if only for a moment so that her friends at Penrhyn Court and Home From Home Cooking could pay their respects.