AN Anglesey gallery is to feature the work of a young artist following in the footsteps of naturalistic bird and wildlife painter Charles Tunnicliffe.

Oriel Môn, at Llangefni, is launching an exhibition by Rebecca Thorley-Fox, at 12pm, on Saturday, May 4. ‘Open air, Impressions from Nature,’ is her first major solo show. Rebecca’s interests are in wildlife, art, birds and painting. When she was young she painted bird pictures from the RSPB Complete Book of British Birds’ books.

She visited Anglesey’s Cefni Estuary, Newborough beach and Ynys Llanddwyn to paint, during windy conditions.

She recalls stepping back from her easel, for a moment, before it was blown face down into the sand. She also painted a sunset which, which ended up printed on her forehead!

Rebecca has worked on artist residencies on Bardsey Island for the past two years studying its wild coast and seal colony.

She also visited the Isle of May last summer, working alongside seabird colonies on the cliffs.

Rebecca received the Erik Hosking Bursary last autumn. Her work ranges from sketches, studies, experimental exercises to finished pieces.

Nicola Gibson, Oriel Môn visitor experience manager said: “Working outside means she has to be quick and intuitive. Her passion for wildlife shines through.”

Rebecca said: “I am thrilled to be exhibiting at Oriel Môn. I have loved visiting and painting along the west coast of Anglesey.”

The exhibition runs until June 16. Rebecca will be at the gallery on May 25.