Pimp My Uke Artist Profile – Rhiannon Roberts

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The next artist we would like to introduce you to is Rhiannon Roberts, originally from near Aberaeron in West Wales and currently residing in Cardiff Bay with her sister. 

How would you describe your art style?

My art style is quirky and colourful. I like bringing Welsh sea and landscapes to life by adding an element of magic to each piece. It is fun and full of character. I like painting designs that catch the eye and make others feel happy. 

Who are your main artistic influences? 

I like artists such as Kandinsky who uses a lot of shapes and colour. I mainly take inspiration from my surroundings - Aberaeron is a beautiful harbour town with colourful houses and boats. Cardiff Bay is also very pretty. People inspire me too - my friends and family give me a lot of ideas and advice.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever painted?

I'm currently painting the weirdest thing I've ever painted - a 1.5m Snowdog! I'm painting it for a project at Ty HafanSully. Many dogs will be on show around Cardiff and the Vale from late September onwards. The Ukulele is surprisingly a bit easier to paint! It is still a challenge and I love experimenting with painting different objects rather than always painting on paper.

What was your first idea when we asked you to paint a ukulele?

My first idea for the Ukulele was something musical of course, however I knew I wanted it to be in my style and show some sea or landscape. I also wanted it to have a Welsh theme with sheep and a harp and daffodils. I want it to be a happy and quirky ukulele with never ending colour and pattern. 

I'm currently half way through painting my ukulele and it's coming on very well. So far, it looks how I want it to look with plenty going on in the design! I know it'll look even better when I add more detail and a black outline.


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