Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
White Hares Garden
White Hares Garden is a 30x30 inches oil on canvas of a white hare in an abstract summer meadow full of wildflowers. The white hare looks over her shoulder at us and is surrounded by random plants and flowers all completing to be seen. It was inspired by walking around the fields and meadows of East Sussex in late July. The unharvested fields at this moment look like giant unravelling carpets of flora and fauna and that has influenced how I painted this. The white hare is there because she looks right there. Another influence for this painting was the strange and beautiful landscape paintings of Gustav Klimt who has long been a favourite artist of mine. He had a way of taking very odd viewpoints and making them totally fascinating. It is painted on deep edge canvas, no frame needed and will give you summer forever.
Nature Unleashed is a very large oil painting on canvas of an exuberant Sussex wildflower meadow featuring the South Downs, swallows and poppies. It is 72x48x1.5 inches. The style is semi-abstract and art nouveau and is very vibrant and colourful. It was inspired by walks taken in fields and woodlands around the South Downs in summer when the wildflowers are at their best and the poppies, in particular, stand out against the green grass and reeds. The scene shows an abundance of flowers in the foreground and trees and fields leading off into the distance behind them. Two barn swallows swoop over the flowers and you can see the patterns their motion makes. Swallows are birds you see often in Sussex and they are very much woven into the landscape of summer. The painting was made from memory using reference phots to add small details here and there. Memory painting tends to reflect how I felt about a place I have been to rather than ârealisticâ details as such and I like this way of working. What I feel about an English Sussex summer is that it is beautiful and wild and I am happy I caught this feeling and in such a large canvas! The edges are dark green and it is ready to hang, no frame needed
Woodland Portal is 40x40x1.5 inches oil on canvas square painting of a woodland glade with wild flowers and blue tits set against light through the trees. It is semi abstract in style and the paint is thickly applied and in very vibrant colours. It was inspired by the happiness I feel at springtime in Sussex and particularly the feeling you get in a wood when you are just about to leave it and find some new and interesting landscapes. The blue tits are there because you often see them in English woodland and forests and they are very pretty little birds. I called it woodland portal as when I enter a path into a woodland or forest I sometimes wonder if I will come out somewhere else entirely elsewhere to the area I went in. I always loved the idea of doors into other realms and universes and this is a common source of inspiration for me. This painting leads you to where you want to go and the birds are the ones who know how to get there. Painted on deep edge canvas, ready to hang, no frame needed.
Blue Sea Angels Ride Again
Blue Sea Angels Ride Again is a 40x40x1.5 inches large blue seascape painting with three Queen Angel Fish under the sea. The style is fairly realistic and is very much inspired by former Caribbean holidays. The water is clear and blue and turquoise on the surface of the waves where the light sparkles though it onto the sandy bottom of the sea. Light patterns flicker across the fish and the small stand of pink coral behind them. The water is darker blue where it is deepest. Tropical fish rarely swim in formation like this but it would be nice if they did. Like all the fish I paint, they are intent on getting somewhere and have lots of space to travel in. I paint these scenes as they allow the viewer a sense of space and remind us of holidays and things to dream of once the virus situation is over. There is something about a blue sea that appeals to everyone I think. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed, ready to hang.
Horse Metamorphosis - a large contemporary red oil painting of beautif
Horse Metamorphosis is a 31.5 x 47x.0.5 inches large contemporary red oil painting of beautiful gold Arabian horse against an abstract bright red background. The golden horse dances in the foreground inside a dark forest with mottled light falling in patches on the path out towards the clearing. The path leads out of the woods and into a glowing summer wildflower meadow. Veils of transparent bright red hang over the scene as the horse begins to emerge from that world into a different one. The painting was started years ago simply to reflect the happiness I get when looking at a beautiful horse but become something more when the red veils were added which gives it a real presence. The original message of the painting was that there is more to life than hiding in the dark. I think now the message is more that there are other realities and that is worth exploring them. It is painted on thin edged canvas painted red, ready to hang.
Escape to the Big Blue Sea
Escape to the Big Blue Sea is a large blue under the sea oil painting with three fish swimming in formation. The fish are angel fish and they travel across a wide blue expanse of ocean beneath the turquoise rippling surface of the water which catches the light in small white sparkles. Below them you can see the light patterns on the rainbow coloured sand and in the distance a hint of coral reef. The idea behind this particular painting was prompted by the Corona virus lockdown which has left most of the world feeling a bit trapped. The three fish are freshwater fish and so have no business being in an ocean. However, one of the things I most like about painting is that you can alter reality as much as you want to. I have set them free as I hope we will be soon. Dedicated to everyone. It is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edges, deep edge canvas, ready to hang, no frame needed.
Angel Escapes to the Sea
Angel Escapes to the Sea is another in a series of big vibrant blue underwater paintings of fish in a blue ocean. This particular fish is a golden angel fish and was painted using gold and pearlescent paints to make her sparkle. Angle fish like this would not really be found in the ocean but I liked the idea of her escaping and being free - hence the title. It is a painting about having lots of space and freedom and being happy in solitude. It seemed fitting to paint it during the Corvid 19 lock down so I can escape myself a bit - plus anyone else who wants to! The painting is mostly blue and turquoise and focuses on the sparkling waves at the top and the light patterns made on the sandy bottom of the sea by the light that bounces off them. It tries to capture that lovely holiday feeling you get in the sea on sunny days. Dedicated to anyone who would like a bit of freedom right now. It is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed. Video: https://youtu.be/6qcqoLUY3Qk
Glimpse of April
Glimpse of April is a semi abstract oil painting inspired by spring blossom and deer. The inspiration behind it was simply to try and capture that brief moment in April in England when the pink blossom trees bloom. I had been walking around the Knole Park area of Sevenoaks in Kent where a large herd of fallow deer live in the grounds of a stately home. One young deer stood under a blossom tree and flashed her white bottom at me before disappearing into the woods. I liked the fairy tale quality of it and although the painting is a little experimental it does give me a glimpse of that moment â hence the title. It is 30x30x1.5 inches on deep edge canvas (so frame not needed), edges white.
Realm of the Ravens
Realm of the Ravens is a 40x40x1.5 inches large oil painting of a flock of ravens in flight against a golden sunset behind winter trees. The background is blurred, semi abstract and slightly magical, whilst the ravens are carefully painted in the foreground to give a feeling of depth. The ravens flap and caw as ravens do and although they have a woodland behind them, they are also moving into another realm through the hint of veils which they pass through. One of the ravens is white and the rest reflect the colours that you can see in black ravens of blues, greens and deep violets. Ravens fascinate me as they follow you and report to each other when you are in their territory. A collection of ravens is apparently called a âconspiracyâ which seems apt sometimes especially as they seem to laugh at the antics of mammals and humans. The inspiration for this painting is the winter woodland I see around Sussex and the ravens themselves who definitely know something I donât about the landscapes I walk in. The painting has white edges, is ready to hang, no frame needed
White Winter Monarchs
White Winter Monarchs is a 40x40x1.5 inches large white original oil painting with deer and an owl in a snow covered winter forest. A big red deer stag stands to the left next to a pine tree and behind him is a doe. Over to the right flying between the trees is a white barn owl. The scene is set in a woodland clearing where thick snow lies on the ground leading though a patch of tall thin pine and birch trees. There is an exit in the middle of the painting that the creatures can lead you to or turn you away from. Both deer and owls are often found in folklore and are often credited with being spiritual guides or purveyors of wisdom. I am not sure of the truth of this but they are nevertheless beautiful creatures and do add something spiritual to landscapes. This painting is semi abstract and contemporary in style and began its life as an autumn landscape with deer. Now, however, it is a winter one as I wanted to mute down the oranges of autumn to make a white painting. Painted on wide edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed, ready to hang.