Rhian says that she can’t remember a time she wasn’t painting and drawing having learned many of her initial skills at her grandmothers table. Her “Nan” being an accomplished painter in oils in her own right. Skills were further developed through “O” and “A” level Art classes before she decided to follow a scientific career at university level following her other love geology. During this time Rhian developed a love for caving being a member of the University of Glamorgan Caving Club.
Following her time at University, she joined the Morgannwg Caving Club based in Cardiff and with them explored a large number of caves including Ogof Draenen which the club was involved in discovering and exploring. It was during this time that Rhian once again found time for art and her interest in cave art was kindled. But it’s not just the art. ‘Caves are very special, and I try to get involved in their study and conservation as much as I can. They are such beautiful, fragile places, and some of the challenges you have to face teach you to be strong and carry on, even though you may be afraid or excruciatingly tired. It’s always worth the effort.’
Rhian’s artistic style is one mirrors her scientific background in that it has a close attention to detail. It is this that makes her art so accessible to the wider caving audience whether it’s a full sized pencil drawing or a minature watercolour the detail is there to be enjoyed.
Rhian has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Sciences (Geology and Biology) from the University of Glamorgan. She’s also a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a member of the Paleontological Society a committee member and webdesigner for the South Wales Geologists Association and a member of the Cardiff Naturalist Society.
Rhian has been an active member (and web designer) of ISSA for many years and has attended most of their events including a trip to Matienzo. She has exhibited with them in most of their recent venues including Wells Museum & Kents Cavern. She was one of the featured ISSA Artists on the BBC Radio4 programme Paint it Black
Many of these illustrations on this site and others are available as originals, prints or by licence. Commissions are also welcome. Work is regularly exhibited with The International Society of Spelaeological Artists (ISSA). Please email for more information.