Noelle teachingNoëlle Griffiths studied Fine Art at St Martin's School of Art, London 1978-82. She left London to live in Snowdonia, North Wales, to paint professionally in 1985, and has taught art part-time since 1987.

Noëlle paints in oil, acrylic and watercolour as well as making artist's books. She has exhibited her paintings and books widely since 1983, and has work in public and private collections in UK, Spain and US. Her artist's books are collected by the National Library of Wales, British Library, V & A Museum amongst others. She is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy. See CV for more information

An experienced art tutor, Noëlle taught part-time for art gallery education programmes throughout North and mid Wales and for the Open College of Arts between 1989-1998. Since 1998-present she has been course leader and tutor on the part-time Fine Art Degree Programme at Bangor University, as well as teaching courses from her studio and independent groups.

Since 2005 Noelle has spent time in the Sierra de Montanchez and made many paintings and artist's books inspired by the landscape, birds and quality of light.

See more of Noëlle's paintings and see more of Noëlle's artist's books and on Instagram

"My paintings and artist's books attempt to capture the essence and distillation of an experience or concept. I am interested in exploring memories, sensations and ideas finding connections and structure to give new meaning. Intuitively I find a balance of imagery through simplification, colour and composition."

Images (L-R): TOP: Noelle Griffiths Misty Rain acrylic on khadi paper, 50x56cm, 2010; A Garden with its Birds artist's book, collograph and digital text, 23x24cm closed, 2010; I Spent the Summer Listening to the Golden Oriole Sing III,watercolour and acrylic on paper, 57x77cm, 2017. BOTTOM: Noelle Griffiths Sacred Boulder - Blackbird I watercolour on paper, 30.5x35.5cm, 2018; Still Night acrylic on canvas 99x119cm, 2015; Sacred Boulder - Swallows I watercolour on paper, 30.5x35.5cm, 2018; Finca Garden, oil on canvas, 60x50cm, 2008; Palacio View I and II watercolour and acrylic on paper, 76x50cm each, 2013; Enlli acrylic on paper, 69x89cm, 2017. All images ©  Noëlle Griffiths

Gisela Radant Wood  (left) co-hosts the TOWNSCAPE course with Noelle. She has written two books: "Walking in Extremadura" now sold out and  "The Sierras of Extremadura" published in October 2017. She is currently researching her third book on the history of Extremadura. A retired graphic design lecturer with a keen interest in natural and cultural history, she has lived in the Sierra de Montánchez for the last twelve years. Gisela is a qualified photographer having studied to LRPS level (Royal Photographic Society).

Gisela is keen to share her knowledge of the area with guests. She is an excellent guide whether in nature or in the many historic towns of Extremadura. She is a speaker of English, German and Spanish.

She started in 2007 to share her love of walking and her knowledge of routes in the area.