The Sandra Hugill Gallery
Gallery of Original Landscape and Mountain Art
The Snowdon Horseshoe

Original Paintings of Snowdonia

by Sandra Hugill

Snowdonia is the name designated to a national park of over eight hundred square miles occupying the mountainous region of north-western Wales, extending north-south from Conway to Aberdovery and east-west from Bala to Tremadoc. It has often been described as having the scale and grandeur of the Scottish Highlands combined with the compactness and ease of accessibility of the Lake District. The ancient and traditional name for the region is ‘Eryri’, but its modern and more commonly known name is derived from Snowdon, 1,085m (3,560 ft) the highest mountain south of the Scottish Border. Exposed to the predominantly westerly winds of the Atlantic, Snowdonia is a mild, wet region and snow rarely lingers even on the highest summits in all but the very coldest of winters.

The geological history of Snowdonia mirrors somewhat that of The Scottish Highlands and The Lake District. Much of the unexposed bedrock is Pre-Cambrian over which lie many volcanic rocks from the Ordovician era and Cambrian sandstones, shales and slates, the evidence of which can be seen from the major quarrying works at Dinorwic, Bethesda and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Glaciation has played its part too; nearly every mountain in Snowdonia has one or more flanks deeply rasped out into dramatic, amphitheatre shaped hollows. Often great cliffs stand around them in a half-circle overhanging a deep, black, moraine lake; Clogwyn Du’r Arddu, the main cliffs of Glyder Fach and Fawr, and even the Trinity face on Snowdon itself are such examples. Where two hollows have eaten deeply into opposite sides of a mountain, all that has been left is a narrow ridge such as Crib Goch on Snowdon, Tryfan, Bristly Ridge and The Gribin in the Glyders.

I have a particular affection for Snowdonia as it was where I learnt my craft both as a hillwalker and artist all those years ago. I have enjoyed seeing and painting these magnificent landscapes over and over again – particularly in full winter conditions. However, my favourite image remains the classic and iconic view of the ‘Snowdon Horseshoe’ across the Llynnau Mymbyr from Royal Bridge, Capel Curig.

Snowdon Horseshoe in watercolour
Snowdon Horseshoe in Watercolour
A Painting in Watercolours
Catalogue No : WAT382
Painting Size : 450mm x 300mm
Mounted Size : 594mm x 420mm
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Price : £150

Snowdon from Capel Curig
Snowdon from Capel Curig
A Painting in Watercolours
Catalogue No : WAT362
Painting Size : 400mm x 300mm
Mounted Size : 594mm x 420mm
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Price : £150

Crib Goch Ridge in Winter
Crib Goch Ridge in Winter
A Painting in Watercolours
Catalogue No : WAT352
Painting Size : 400mm x 300mm
Mounted Size : 594mm x 420mm
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Price : £150

Crib Goch from the Glyders in Winter
Crib Goch from the Glyders in Winter
A Painting in Acrylics
Catalogue No : ACR015
Painting Size : 500mm x 200mm
Mounted Size : 594mm x 310mm
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Price : £150

Llyn Padarn in Winter
Llyn Padarn in Winter
A Painting in Watercolours
Catalogue No : WAT106
Painting Size : 500mm x 200mm
Mounted Size : 594mm x 310mm
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Price : £150

Llyn Padarn Storm Clouds
Llyn Padarn Storm Clouds
A Painting in Watercolours
Catalogue No : WAT371
Painting Size : 450mm x 300mm
Mounted Size : 594mm x 420mm
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Price : £150

Simply Snowdon
Simply Snowdon
A Painting in Watercolours
Catalogue No : WAT364
Painting Size : 500mm x 200mm
Mounted Size : 594mm x 310mm
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Price : £150

Snowdon Horseshoe
Snowdon Horseshoe
A Painting in Alkyd Oils
Catalogue No : ALK376
Painting Size : 500mm x 200mm
Mounted Size : 594mm x 310mm
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Price : £150

Tryfan in Winter
Tryfan in Winter
A Painting in Watercolours
Catalogue No : WAT332
Painting Size : 450mm x 300mm
Mounted Size : 594mm x 420mm
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Price : £150

Tryfan and The Glyders
Tryfan and The Glyders
A Painting in Alkyd Oils
Catalogue No : ALK361
Painting Size : 500mm x 200mm
Mounted Size : 594mm x 310mm
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Price : £150

Yr Aran across Llyn Gwynant
Yr Aran across Llyn Gwynant
A Painting in Watercolours
Catalogue No : WAT372
Painting Size : 400mm x 300mm
Mounted Size : 594mm x 420mm
Supplied mounted in a presentation box
Price : £150