About Jean Napier MA arps


ANOTHER BOOK IS UNDERWAY!

“Meirionnydd – The Old Ways”  about the drovers roads, stagecoach routes and gold mines of this very special part of Snowdonia is now underway – sending hours and hours in archives throughout Wales seeking the historical background.  The archivists are all being extremely helpful!!  I hope it to be published by Carreg Gwalch by November this year in time for my exhibition “Rhinogydd” at the Tabernacl in Machynlleth in December.

View From Top of Diffwys Ridge

View of Stagecoach Route over Diffwys Ridge

AN MA IN FINE ART WITH DISTINCTION!!

Just heard I got a Distinction for my Masters in Fine Art (Photographic Studies) from the University of Art, Aberystwyth for my project on the Old Ways of Life and Living in Snowdonia.  Another book due by next Spring.

Receiving my Masters Certificate!

Receiving my Masters Certificate!

I have lived in the magnificent Snowdonia National Park for over 25 years and it is the main inspiration for my work. The huge variety of landscapes within the Park vary from wild coasts, beautiful beaches, mountainous areas, marshes and green valleys.  Another aspect of this part of North Wales is the remnants left by man’s inhabitance that date back thousands of years. The industrial past has also left its marks on the land and the remains of slate quarries and gold and manganese mines litter the area.  The remote ruined farms scattered throughout depict the passing of a life dependent upon cattle and sheep in the upland areas; three Scots Pines mark the places where the drovers stayed overnight on their way to sell their beasts in London.  This was part of my Masters project.

Drovers Overnight Stopping Place - Blaen-y-Cae

Drovers Overnight Stopping Place – Blaen-y-Cae

I have a large selection of my images in my GALLERIES page.

I have been running residencies, teaching photography and a variety of art workshops for over 20 years to people of all ages and abilities and run a number of different digital photography workshops in North and Mid Wales – please visit my  WORKSHOPS  page for full details of venues and dates and information on 1-to-1 tuition.

Previously an engineer for Ford Motor Company, I undertook a BA Honours in Photography from 1991 to 1993 while I worked for the Outward Bound Trust based in Aberdyfi as an Instructor during that time.   This enabled me to explore the Park in great detail over a number of years and inspired me to photograph aspects of it in more detail. I have just completed a Masters in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University.

Barracks at Cefn Coch Gold Mine - North Wales

Barracks at Cefn Coch Gold Mine – North Wales

I have had four photography books on North Wales published; three books follow some of the  rivers from source to sea and one is about the slate industry – details of my books are on the  BOOKS  page.  Each of the rivers books took more than three years to photograph; walking the rivers and exploring the land along the banks, interviewing farmers and researching the ancient history and industrial past.

Old Slate Boundary Fence

For latest info on my projects and EXHIBITIONS please visit my NEWS page.

Mawddach Estuary near Barmouth

Mawddach Estuary near Barmouth