Artists

Alex McArdell

Alex is a an illustrator, digital artist and sculptor living in North Wales. His distinctive style can be found on the covers of children’s books and comics.

Over the years he has turned his skills towards capturing the essence of the town where he grew up, and is delighted to find his Barmouth series has become popular with local people and visitors alike.

Alex is always working on new images and projects in his studio on Anglesey and hopes to continue to develop as an illustrator.


Janet Bell

Popular contemporary artist Janet Bell works in acrylic on canvas.

Janet’s style is characterised by her bright colours, and cheerful scenes of boats, lighthouses and seaside views. Janet takes great care to develop an individual colour palate for her pieces.


Janet works from her busy studio and gallery in the seaside town of Beaumaris, Anglesey where she lives with her husband Sean.


Helen Elliot

Helen’s work is often described as ‘naïve’ in that it presents what appears to be an uncomplicated, colourful description of daily life.

Traditional concepts of perspective and scale are disregarded in her paintings; rather prominence is joyfully given to the colour, emotion, sensation or object of prevailing interest to her, at that time.


Unstructured, self taught and distinguished by intuitive use of colour, her paintings are described as ‘accessible’, ‘joyful’ and compared to ‘a colourful Lowri’.


Amanda Hone

Amanda Hone is an international award winning artist based in North Wales.

Her passion for colour and design can clearly be seen in her vibrant, cheerful paintings. Initially focusing on abstract expressionism, Amanda has recently applied her abstract techniques to paintings of her Welsh surroundings.


Amanda has paintings in collections worldwide, has had a solo exhibition sponsored by UNESCO and has been exhibited in the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool.


Kevin McArdell

Late husband of Valerie, first developed his interest in photography more for his own pleasure. To Kevin’s lasting surprise (but no one else’s) his images have proven extremely popular with visitors and locals alike.

Although the majority of Kevin’s images depict Barmouth and the surrounding areas, his travels in Africa and India gave him ample opportunity to indulge his love for wildlife photography.


Derek Stenberg

Born in Auckland, NZ, in 1946. Moved with family to Scotland in 1960. Attended the Duncan of Jordanstone college of art in Dundee from1963 – 1967 specialising in drawing, painting and illustration.

Worked as a graphic designer with Scottish Television in Glasgow before moving to London to take up a position in an advertising agency as an illustrator and storyboard artist.

Remained working in advertising which consisted of storyboarding TV commercials, film poster designing and creating animated characters for TV and film.

Left advertising in 2002 to move to Harlech, North Wales to open a B&B with his wife Bridget who now runs the B&B giving him more time to paint.



Valerie McArdell

The proprietor of Oriel is also one of the gallery’s contributors. Valerie has worked in a number of different mediums over the years and is forever developing her style.

Her quirky interpretations of local scenes have proven highly popular, and she often has requests to produce further images showing her latest trademark style of squashed and slanting buildings and cheerful bright colours. Her pictures often have a humorous focus that the locals and visitors can recognise and appreciate.


Keith Davies

Keith is an artist living along the beautiful Mawddach Estuary near Dolgellau in North Wales producing high quality fine art paintings showing amazing attention to detail.

His subjects are wide ranging between landscapes, aviation, steam trains and motor sport and he regularly donates work to charities and organisations. Often reproducing the works in collectable signed print editions, many are kept to a limited number and can be verified with a certificate of authenticity and information sheet enabling the purchaser to understand the subject and story behind the painting. We have sold his original paintings and prints for over 25 years.