Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Summer Harmony is a small landscape oil painting 24x18x1.5 inches on canvas of a summer meadow and flowers with a swallow. It is art nouveau and semi abstract in style and very vibrant in colour. A swallow hovers over the meadow to the left and below her there are fields of wheat with wild flowers edging the fields.This is part of a series of paintings that try to capture the exuberance of Sussex fields and farmland in the summertime. Swallows feature often in my paintings as they are quite simply beautiful little birds and are only in the UK for the summer so it is a happy thing to see them. The painting is ready to hang, has white edges and does not need a frame.
Forest Wraiths is a 48x36x1.5 inches large semi abstract oil painting of red deer in a pale forest. A stag and two female deer stand in a clearing in a mystical forest and seem to be winking in and out of existence. The colours are fresh and neutral and muted with white veils and pale yellows, lilacs and blues. The painting style is a fusion of art nouveau, traditional and abstract and was made by building lots of transparent layers of paint over each other with the aim of making the scene not quite of this world but not too far removed from it either. Deer have a way of appearing and then vanishing, especially in woods and forests and this idea is hinted at in this painting. I also wanted to catch an impression of light through the trees with a little touch of the gold of a sunset - though not in a 'realistic' way. It is more hint of different realities slightly overlapping each other to give an element of magic. I live near the Ashdown Forest so though I often see deer, always find it thrilling. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang.
Freedom is a 30 x 24 x 0.5 inches oil painting on canvas showing a lone seagull gliding over a calm blue sparkling sea. The ocean is tranquil and the gull is in no hurry. Behind her, the sea glows white towards the horizon which is lost in a white haze. Light sparkles show on the peaks of the turquoise blue waves. I painted this because I wanted something calming and serene and find it represents freedom for me. I also painted it during the hot summer days of July and really wanted to be on holiday so it became a substitute :-) It had to be a lone gull because I am a fan of Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. The painting is ready to hang, white edges, frame recommended but not essential
Summer Meadow is an original oil painting on canvas 30 x 24 x 0.5 inches of an August summer meadow with a swallow and wildflowers. It is painted in thick luxurious and very vibrant colours in an art nouveau semi abstract style. The swallows fly above the field over the wildflowers at the edge of a golden field of corn. Across the field you can see a gap in the trees that leads to another field. There are bright coloured willowy flowers in the foreground and the whole composition seems to sway and move in harmony with the swallow. This painting is part of a series of paintings inspired by me walking through Sussex in the summertime. I see swallows and I see beautiful fields, meadows, valleys, hills, farms, flowers, crops and trees and then make an impression from my memory of what I saw. I do this as the emotion I felt when looking at them is captured better for me than a photo or traditionally painted landscape would. It is on standard half inch wide canvas, white edges, ready to hang , framing recommended but not essential.
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.
Precious Tiger original oil painting of an orange tiger art nouveau co
Precious Tiger is a 30x30x1.5 inches +oil on canvas of a sinuous orange tiger slinking down a branch in an art nouveau contemporary abstract painting style. She is on a purple tree with lots of intricate branches weaving around her and golden light shines thought the tree behind her. The style is deliberately abstract and the tiger is stylized to make her slightly mystical as she sashays along her tree looking for something in the distance. Tigers are in trouble and may one day be mythical beasts. This one is ahead of the game and I painted her partly for the sheer pleasure all artists get from painting tigers, but also because I was thinking about their plight and wanting to make a space for a tiger to be safe. Hence the fairy tale space and golden light and sense that something is happening here that we donât fully know aboutâ¦ Dedicated to all those fighting to save our beautiful wildlife. Keep fighting please. White edges, deep edge canvas, no frame needed, ready to hang.
EMERGING large oil on canvas deer in autumn forest painting
Emerging is a large oil on canvas deer in autumn forest painting 40x4x1.5 inches with a stag and doe in an autumn forest in art nouveau, impasto, semi abstract style. A large deer stag stands on the left in the foreground looking imperiously at us as stags do, and a doe stands behind him ready to run. Behind them is a forest of pine and birch trees with thick white light hinted at coming through the trees which halo around the deer To the right is the edge of a forest that is morphing into a curtain. I love the idea of stepping out of forests into other worlds entirely and feel that may be what is happening here. I have deliberately left it ambiguous as to what is occurring and I have abstracted the painting by being very detailed in some parts of it and leaving it alone other parts. This better inspires the imagination. As a child I loved (and still do) fairy stories. There is one here I thinkâ¦ Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame necessary.
The Guide is a 30x30x1.5 inches oil painting on canvas in of a stag in an enchanted forest with Celtic legend echoes. The painting style is abstract art nouveau. The stag stands in a doorway between this realm and another and looks back to see if anyone is following. The doorway which was woven tightly closed has been loosened and the light of a new possibilities beckon beyond it. It is a painting about hope and is dedicated to those who wish to know more about life and are not afraid to keep their minds open and look rather than just accept everything their are told to believe. The colours range from purples to pinks to yellows and gold. Although the back ground is abstract, you can still see this is a forest and the stag knows something we don't. Deer are thought of as spiritual guides in many cultures. This one is no different. It is painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed.
Elusive-2 - a large original oil on canvas of an autumn forest clearin
Elusive-2 is a 36x48 inches large original oil on canvas of an autumn forest clearing with deer. The painting shows a stag and a doe blinking in and out of existence in a clearing in an autumn forest. The trees lead you into the painting and the deer wait in the misty clearing to transport you elsewhere. Deer are seen as messengers or spirit guides in many cultures and I do find them ethereal and very beautiful. I have no idea how people can shoot them. This painting is another in another in a series of large forest landscape deer paintings that are a tribute to the beautiful landscapes of Sussex, especially around the Ashdown Forest and the elusive deer that inhabit them. Deer have a magical way of appearing and then vanishing in the blink of an eye. It always takes my breath away when I come across them in a forest. This painting is atmospheric, abstract, art nouveau, expressionist, in style. It has deep edges, white, and is ready to hang.
Equine Dreaming - large abstract oil painting in red and black with tw
Equine Dreaming is 44x54 inches large, framed red painting of two black Arabian horses, abstract style, in a poppy field. This painting was originally painted to show me as a little girl in a poppy field dreaming of the two horses I would one day own. Unfortunately I grew up allergic to horses so this never happened. Instead, I painted them. Recently I made the painting more abstract and added a red background. You can still see a suggestion of poppies and green fields, hills and trees beyond the two back horses and you can still see a little girl in a yellow dress picking poppies and dreaming of horses. I chose red simply because it works well with black and is the complement to green which was the original background colour. The painting is framed in a metallic burnished copper and silver frame, two inches wide and 1.5 inches deep. The shine works beautifully with the shine of the two horses and the radiant red background