photo by Mohamed Hassan
I have been a painter for 35 years and began working in glass 12 years ago. I work with various media and am constantly trying to find the best way to express my ideas.
My inspiration remains firmly rooted in landscape and my work is driven by a desire to move away from pictorial representation to make work fuelled by ideas that underpin and investigate a sense of place.
I have previously exhibited my paintings widely with The Adam Gallery in Bath, Martin Tinney in Cardiff and New Academy Gallery in London, and I continue to show my work in my own studio gallery, Oriel Linda Norris Gallery in Pembrokeshire.
I have won a number of awards for my work in glass, including winning the international Warm Glass Prize in 2012 and the Adrian Henri poetry in Art Prize in 2013, I have shown in the British Glass Biennale in 2015 and 2017. In 2016 I was commissioned by Contemporary Art Society Wales to make a glass sculpture for Narberth Museum. My work has been exhibited at the British Glass Biennale in 2015 and 2017. I am currently developing new work in glass in response to the archaeology of Pembrokeshire.
As Studio Melyn I work with Rachel Phillips in a creative partnership. Since 2012 we have completed architectural glass commissions for Cadw at Conwy and Beaumaris Castles in North Wales, in a local sheltered housing scheme in Pembrokeshire, Skokholm Island and for Blewbury Church in Oxfordshire. This year we completed a stained glass window for Caernarfon Castle in North Wales.
I maintain a life-long commitment to bringing arts activity to people in my community and I recently taught art and craft to young neurodiverse adults at Plas Dwbl College, part of Ruskin Mill Trust in Pembrokeshire for four years.