- Valley

The valley was Roger Cecil’s world. It was where he was born, on 18 July 1942, where he grew up and lived all his life, and where he painted. This place riven deep into the uplands of the coalfield was at the heart of his imagination. He often made paintings that looked down on his home valley from a lonely position on the nearby hills.

In many the town is a mist of light glowing faintly in the darkness, sometimes with a road or foreground object to give it anchorage. The hills caress and hold the people down there in the streets and houses. It is as if the artist guards Abertillery in his hand.