In 2010 an inner calling and a major lifestyle change, compelled Gareth to switch lanes to explore the world of fine art, and he completed his first painting in 30 years – in acrylics. Within 2 years he was exhibiting at the Royal Society of Marine Artists show at the Mall Galleries, London.
Five years ago, he laid his hands on pastel for the first time after being bought a half stick set of Unisons as a Christmas present. It was a eureka moment, a seismic change in Gareth’s work ensued but the learning process had only just begun. The vibrancy and quality of pigment coupled with the tactile immediacy that pastel provides, confirmed that Gareth had found his true medium.
He now works exclusively in soft pastel and is predominantly known for his realistic and emotive seascapes, but he is beginning to explore a more diverse range of subjects inspired by the return to his native North Wales in 2018.