An Ammanford artist has been invited to a lifeboat station after creating a painting as a tribute to a tragedy described as “worst in living memory”.

Cara Gibson, of Tir-y-dail, created ‘Calm after the storm’ last year for her solo exhibition at the Senedd as a tribute to the members of the Lifeboat Janet crew who were killed during the Port Eynon tragedy in 1916.

The artist hoped to donate money she made from the painting to the RNLI, but the painting never sold during the month long exhibition in Cardiff.

The Coxswain of the Mumbles RNLI contacted Cara after hearing about her work and asked the artist to bring the painting down to the station over the weekend.

During her trip to Port Eynon, on July 9, Cara and her family met Laurie Grove, the Operations manager of RNLI Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat station and grandson of William Grove, one of the survivors of the tragedy.

Cara said: “I was very moved by the story and how close the community have been with their involvement of the RNLI there.

“I explained that it was my idea of what the survivors saw the morning after the storm that took three of their crew as they drifted towards the Mumbles in the wreck.

“I wanted to create a positive painting that was calming and tranquil.

“I cannot thank them enough for their time. They are all such good brave people who I respect so much.”

The painting is set to be auctioned at the group’s fundraising event on August 19 and Cara hopes they can raise as much money as possible.

“It was a wonderful day and I feel very happy that the painting will be used to raise some money as that is why I created it,” added Cara.

“I feel very privileged and proud as I had this desire to create a painting as a thank you and out of my respect and it has made many people smile and will bring a calming tranquillity to anyone who sees the tribute I have created for the brave crew.

“I have also gave the crew a framed print of the painting to keep there at the station.”