To live in Wales is to live amongst stories of Dragons.
They are woven into our history and our folklore. Impossible creatures from a long-forgotten past, creatures that only ever lived in a land of legends and bed-time stories.
Or perhaps not.
Perhaps they are not quite so impossible. Perhaps they belong not in our past, but in our present. Perhaps they live not in a land of legends, but are alive here, today, in Wales.
They may be very different to the Dragons of folklore. Evolved, adapted to live on the margins, in the shadows, of our world. Smaller, more varied, and much more elusive.
And yet very, very real.
Dragons of Wales is an attempt to document the many, diverse species which inhabit this country. From our highest mountains, to our deepest mines. From our valley towns to our cities. From our forests to our coasts. These sketches are the result of my travels in seach of Dragons - The Dragons of Wales.
Dragons have long been seen as fantastical beasts, existing outside of 'normal' nature, magical or supernatural. In truth, the Dragons of Wales are both more ordinary and yet extraordinary.
Generally feathered, often colourful, definitely warm-blooded, and with a wing structure which is very different to that often portrayed in traditional illustrations, these Dragons may actually be descendants of ancient Pterosaurs.
Whether they ever grew to the sizes portrayed in legend is uncertain, although they doubtless inspired many of the tales. Certainly they could never breathe fire or perform magic, but instead were, and still are, highly specialised, adaptable and amazing little creatures.
Whatever their past, the Dragons of today are small (seldom larger than birds) elusive and perfectly evolved to occupy small ecological niches around the margins of our world, often co-existing, un-noticed, alongside familiar birds species.
The Dragons of Wales sketchbooks will attempt to show the rich diversity of Dragon species, their locations and behaviours, and so cast light on these undiscovered and wonderful Welsh animals.