Artists of the Phoenix – 3: Kitty Parsons

Mainstay of Pembrokeshire.Online Kitty Parsons says she only really began painting a couple of years ago: “I had a four-month stay in hospital following an accident that left me unable to walk but in relatively little pain. It could have been a very trying time but the VC Gallery gave me the opportunity to keep occupied.”

The VC Gallery, in Haverfordwest, was set up to support people who are isolated or alone, mainly with art projects. It offered Kitty a pack of art materials and invited her to attend Zoom art meetings.

Kitty says: “I started passing the time by making greetings cards and with encouragement began to experiment with a range of mediums and ideas. I have always expressed myself through writing before – now I have a whole new world to explore and I love it. ”

What are her influences? She says she uses elements of pointilism, the Zentangle method and, more recently, neuro art. “My pictures are usually very bright… some might say ‘loud’ and usually contain a lot of details. I like the idea that in such challenging times I can share some fun and colour.”

Kitty’s brilliant work is on show at St Mary’s Church Hall, Tenby, from 8 to 11 July – and also at Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard, until 20 July along with that of Jana Davidson and Barry Chantler

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at

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