Pembrokeshire artist in St David’s
Published: Friday 6th Sep 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Wales Holidays cottages visitors to Pembrokeshire know all about the county’s superb beaches, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, National Park and the Preseli Hills. You might not be aware that St David’s is Britain’s smallest city, with a population of only 1800, and is possibly the second smallest in the world. Granted city status in the C16th due to the presence of St David’s Cathedral, it was lost in 1888 but was restored again in 1994 at the Queen’s request.
Next time you visit this charming city, you might come across the work of artist Grahame Hurd-Wood, who has lived in St David’s for 30 years. A landscape artist working predominantly in oils, he has begun painting portraits of all the residents. From children to councillors, bishops and students, he has so far completed 112 paintings but reckons on completing the rest in a decade at the rate of one every two days! Eventually the portraits will be merged together as one giant panorama capturing all walks of life, showing what a special and unique place St David’s is. This City of Portraits might be a long time in the making, but you can visit St David’s at any time of year and stay in Wales Holidays Pembrokeshire cottages.