Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
April Explodes is a 30x30x1.5 inches oil painting that depicts the exuberance and joy of bluebell season in a springtime wood. The viewer is being led along a path with dappled sunlight flickering across the path and trees and bluebells. At the end of the path, you can see the edge of the wood which is so bright you can see nothing beyond it. This is a fairy tale wood and anything could be there hiding in the trees or in the clearing beyond. My intention in painting this was to try, as I do every year in April, to capture the beautiful colours and scents of a woodland in spring. The use of very fluid paint reflects how fast bluebell season goes as the paint is distorting and merging into the scene but still shows exactly what it is. It is semi-abstract and contemporary and very vibrantly coloured. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed and comes with certificate of authenticity.
The Dance of the Sun and the Sea
The Dance of the Sun and the Sea is a large seascape oil painting of sun, sea, stratus clouds and gentle waves. It is 40x40x1.4 inches. The painting is textured and quite impasto in places, especially where the frilly white waves ripple over the copper-coloured sand. It was inspired by a Florida trip where the sunsets and the reflections of clouds and sun on sea make a stunning display every evening. The sun is shining through tufty stratus clouds and the beams are playing with the sea and interacting with the waves. I tried to show the feeling of energy and space and the communication that is taking place between sun, sea and clouds. It is not a traditional seascape as a result, but it heightens the magical element that is there. Painted on deep edge canvas, edges white, ready hang, no frame needed.
Beyond the Hedgerow
Beyond the Hedgerow is a 30x30x1.5 inches oil painting impression of the view through an April hedgerow across fields to a lake beyond. The back ground of the painting shows green meadows and trees and a glimpse of a lake between them. The foreground shows a knot of brambles and blossom and spring foliage that are painted in a semi abstract impressionist style. The painting was inspired by a walk I took near Bewl water in Sussex. I like the feeling of being able to see something alluring but of having to be able to get to it (analogous to life generally I think). Hedgerows always fascinate me â especially the really ancient ones as they consist of many kinds of flora and fauna and are vital habitats for birds and animals. They act as both barriers and protection and I have tried to show this dual purpose â to a walker it hurts to go through them but as someone who loves wildlife and landscapes I love them! Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang.
Spellbound Tigress is a 36x36 inches oil painting of a semi abstract tiger hiding in a forest. The tiger looks over her shoulder at us looking deceptively friendly. Most of her body is in shadow and the view through the trees behind her leads you past her and into the distance. The background and the tiger are merging as if she is flickering in and out of existence like the Cheshire Cat of Alice in Wonderland fame. I had this appearing and merging idea in mind due to the precarious position tigers are in as regards their future survival. The style of the painting is contemporary art nouveau and the painting itself definitely has a presence. This tigerâs eyes will follow you around the room. The inspiration was simply that every artist loves to paint a tiger â who doesnât? But I tried here to do it in a different, not wildlife art, way. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, not frame necessary.
The Jewel of the River
The Jewel of the River is a 40x40x1.5 inches oil painting of a kingfisher by a river surrounded by fields and wildflower meadows. The edges of the painting are blurred so that you are transported into it across the white lacy cow parsley flowers in the foreground. You then see trees and fields leading off into the distance and there is a hint of a river glittering between the stalks of the flowers. The painting has transparent veils of colours moving across it that that help to give it a shimmering magical feel. To the right sitting on one of the flowers is a tiny female kingfisher. She is the jewel of the river. The painting is semi abstract contemporary art nouveau in style and was inspired by an area of the river Medway near Tunbridge Wells where I saw my first kingfisher. I love to walk and I love to spot wildlife and I find birds completely captivating. Especially highly colourful ones. This landscape encapsulates for me a perfect memory of walking along a riverbank in Springtime. Dedicated to everyone who helps to preserve wildlife and the precious flora, fauna and landscapes of the world. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed
Kings of the Golden Forest
Kings of the Golden Forest is a large oil painting on canvas of seven fallow deer bucks in a Sussex bluebell wood. It is 60x36x1.5 inches. The painting was inspired by the little glimpses I sometimes get of deer in among trees. This particular group were spotted near Graffham on the South Downs (see the photo I manged to get before I followed them into the wood!). If you are lucky enough to see them when the bluebells are out it is an aesthetics overload. The seven deer are lined up across the centre of a sunlit woodland glade. The blues and magentas hint at bluebells and there is a gold glow to the edges of the light coming through the trees which adds to the magical quality of the scene. I see deer almost every time I go walking but it never fails to thrill me and I never fail to admire the suddenness with which they appear and disappear. I love this painting as it has all the beauty of the deer plus the fairy tale quality of sunlight in an April forest. The style is semi abstract art nouveau. Painted on white edged 3D canvas, ready to hang, no frame needed.
Numinous is a panoramic 16x40x1.5 inches oil painting landscape of a glowing autumn path with vibrantly coloured trees. Numinous means âspiritual in qualityâ and autumn paths do have that feeling when the sun shines through the leaves and make a woodland come alive with colour. This particular path was inspired by a little village in Sussex called Fairwarp which has lots of little pockets of ancient woodland in and around it. I both love woodland and fear it as I get lost in it quite easily but it always intrigues me how different the atmospheres are in different forests and glades. This woodland is a spiritual one and feels like it leads to revelations of the best kind. I include in the photos of the painting the original drawing that I made for it. It is idiotically simple but I was pleased with the resultant painting. Painted on deep edge canvas, dark purple edges, ready to hang, does not need framing.
The Last Goodbye
The Last Goodbye is an original autumn themed oil painting of autumn trees, a calm lake and two swallows just about to leave for Africa. It is 36x48x1.5 inches. The painting style is contemporary art nouveau and has multiple layers and glazes which make it look like a stained-glass window. This particular landscape was inspired by a reservoir and wildlife reserve called Weirwood near East Grinstead. I was there in September and saw the swallows skimming insects off of the surface of the lake ready for their long journey â hence the title. Painted on 3D canvas, edges painted the red purple, no frame needed, ready to hang.
The Gloaming is a semi abstract red, purple and gold painting of a group of deer in an evening forest. It is 30x30x1.5 inches. This painting is my valiant attempt to capture that moment when you walk into a woodland and manage to spot a herd of deer just before they see you and vanish. This particular moment was inspired by the deer at Eridge Park during January when the trees where completely bare and the deer blended into the colours of the forest even more effectively than usual. It was late afternoon and the sun was casting long beams though the trees and casting twisted shadows and strange shapes. One of the streams in this park is called the Chalybeate Spring and is the iron-rich source of the spa water in Tunbridge Wells. You can just see a hint of it behind the deer. Painted on 3D canvas, edges painted the red purple, no frame needed, ready to hang.
A Sudden Appearance of Hope
A Sudden Appearance of Hope is a large wide oil painting of a red deer stag and a doe in an abstract forest. It is 30x60x1.5 inches. The background is experimental and made a lovely abstract, just as it was, with its warm rainbow colours and tinges of gold but the aim of the painting was to pay homage to the deer as they are very beautiful animals and I enjoy painting them. The painting style is contemporary and a little art nouveau and was made by building up layers of colours and glazes which gives it the appearance of stained glass and tends to change colour as the sun moves around the room it is in. It is called hope because that is how I always feel when I spot deer. They make me happy and I like to believe they are not quite of this world and really are spirit guides (I am allowed to say that under the artistic license rule). Painted on deep edge canvas, red purple to match the painting itself, ready to hang, no frame needed.