Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Forest Monarchs is large contemporary oil painting of a deer stag and a doe against an abstract autumn forest background. It is painted in thick luxurious paint in warm autumn colours. The deer stand in the centre of the canvas with light behind them and trees in the foreground which they are merging with â as deer seem to do in real life. They are fallow deer which you see often in English countryside. This painting was inspired by the deer at Knole Park in Sevenoaks when I was there last October. There is a long shallow valley which runs down the middle of the park which has families of deer in the trees either side that bellow and parade around at that time of year. No matter how many deer I see, I am still captivated by them and have tried to show the magical nature of them. The painting style is messy art nouveau and because it is painted in thick paint, has facets to it that reflect slightly different colours at different times of day. The size is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edged, deep edge canvas, ready to hang and no frame needed.
A Perfect Adventure
A Perfect Adventure is a large panoramic landscape oil painting in contemporary modern style showing six deer stags running across a springtime meadow. The deer are bounding through the long grasses and wildflowers following the leader. The painting was inspired by the meadows at the foot of the South Downs near Ditchling way in Sussex. Behind the deer you can see a yellow line of buttercups at the edge of the field and a hint of another meadow beyond. In the foreground you can see the green shadow where I was standing under some trees and lots of pink, purple and yellow flowers beyond that. This is a joyful painting as it was a sunny day in late May 2021 and nature was in abundance with birds singing, insects buzzing and flowers releasing overwhelming perfumes. I tried to show this enthusiasm and was pleased with the simple horizontal lines of it. If you want to explore this area, park opposite Westmeston Church (post code BN6 8RJ) and then you can walk up on the hills or else through the meadows like this at the foot of them. It is a 30x60x1.5 inches on deep edge canvas, no frame needed, ready to hang.
The Discovery is a large semi abstract oil painting of a green woodland lake in a clearing with a deer stag looking on. It was painted âwet into wetâ style which gives the painting a rich painterly, messy art nouveau feel to it. The painting shows the view across part of a pond in a woodland with trees behind the furthest bank where a small deer stag watches in his imperious way. In the foreground are pink riverbank flowers that complement the greens. It is called âthe discoveryâ as that is exactly what it was to me when I found this little lake in a woodland near Burwash in East Sussex (park at postcode TN19 7ET). Stags and deer feature often in my paintings because I see them almost every time I go out walking. I find them beautiful and magical and I love how they watch to see what I will do. It very much feels as though I am intruding on their territory â which I am. This is a painting which captures a moment in time and makes me happy whenever I look at it as it takes me back there. It is 30x40x1.5 inches, wide edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
Act of Creation
Act of Creation is a large colourful oil painting of a beautiful alpine landscape exploding out of the canvas led by three rebel swallows. The scene could be Austria, Norway or Scotland as these three places are among the most inspiring landscapes I have ever been to. The purpose of painting it was to try and capture the idea of creation. I believe that everyone carries their own universe around inside their own mind and that they can therefore create rival universes to the material one that our bodies live in. This is a bit of my universe. I started with a dark background and then began to paint the scene from the centre outwards. It shows a hut (where I want to live), a lake, hills, trees, wildflower meadow and then the swallows who are leading the way. Swallows are very much symbols of freedom and are just so beautiful that I keep coming back to them. This is dedicated to all the musicians, writers, dreamers and artists who are creating beautiful things for the rest of us. Life would be meaningless without you. This painting is 40x40x1.5inches, white edges, ready to hang
The Kingfishers Larder
The Kingfishers Larder is a blue painting of bright blue turquoise water with a tiny kingfisher flying across it. This painting is simply about the colour blue and how enjoyable it is painting sparkling water and the sunlight catching on the ripples of the surface. The kingfisher was added as she is also a glorious holy blue and so this is her domain and her larder. This painting is 30x40x1.5 inches on deep edge canvas with the edges also blue.
Bluebell Field is a Sussex springtime landscape painting of a bluebell wood next to a yellow rapeseed field. It was painted in May just after I had been on a walk in the Newick area of Sussex. I walked across a field just beginning to sprout yellow rapeseed and came to a small pocket of woodland on the edge of the field. The experience of going from the yellow flowers and into a field of blue ones made me very happy and I have tried to capture some of the that exuberance in this painting which I started on the next day. The scent of these flower was pretty special as was the sound of the woodland birds. I tried to show that there was magic here by little tweaks and distortions to the painting but also keeping it fairly traditional. The point where the two fields meet is a red farmhouse that I deliberately blurred as I did not want it to be the focus of the painting. If you want to find this place, park at Newick church (BN84JZ) and head towards Spithurst and you may just spot itâ¦ The painting is 30x30x1.5 inches, painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
Forest Portal is a large panoramic oil painting on canvas of a glowing autumn forest clearing with a red deer stag and golden light through trees behind him. The painting brings the viewer out from a dark autumn forest and into a vibrant glowing clearing at the edge of the forest. It looks like a stage set where something is about to happen. A golden stag can be seen waiting between the trees. A portal is an exit or entrance to some other place. I sometimes get anxious in case I accidentally walk off my own time line into another when I walk in woodland such as this. I like this idea as the patches of woodland in England, especially, do have their own distinct atmospheres one to the next. This forest is like a large glowing cathedral where magic happens. The stag is a symbol of spiritual guidance common to many cultures. I made the painting with lots of overlapping layers of transparent colour and these layers reflect different colours when seen from different angles. It is dark but it is also rainbow coloured in a similar way to the reflective wings of a raven. The dark edges are mostly deep purple, blues and green. It is 36x60x2 inches on deep edge canvas, dark edges, no frame needed, ready to hang.
White Horse Echoes
White Horse Echoes is a large framed equestrian oil painting in shades of pastel and white showing two white Spanish horses behind a white transparent veil. The style is impressionist and contemporary. The horses are galloping in a meadow filled with wildflowers with trees, fields and hills receding into the background. It is a very Sussex landscape. The painting was originally painted a few years ago in response to the horses and scenery I see around me quite often where I live. However, I recently decided to try glazing transparent white over the painting to make it more dreamlike. This is because horses are naturally dreamlike for me as I am allergic to them so canât have much to do with them even though I find them really beautiful! It has made the horses both realistic and ethereal at the same time and I like the result. The painting has a basic white frame on it which makes the dimensions 54x44x1.5 inches in total.
Supernatural is a large semi abstract, expressionist oil painting of a glowing summer evening meadow with deer. It is vibrantly coloured with lots of overlapping transparent layers which you can look through to see different aspects of the landscape. There is a low sultry sun behind the trees and to the right is a deer stag just beginning to appear like an apparition. To the right is a group of three female deer also quite ethereal. These deer often appear in my paintings (one stag and three doeâs) and I was delighted, having just finished the painting, to see a group of fallow deer just like them in real life as a walked along a back road near Wadhurst! It was interesting that they made their appearance on this road as the meadows around this part of the Sussex Weald do have the same kind of feeling that I was putting into the painting. To see if you can also spot my deer and the meadows I am painting, park at the Greyhound Car park, Wadhurst, TN5 6AP and take any number of paths into the countryside there. It is 36x48x1.5 inches, wide white edges, white, no frame needed and ready to hang.