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 Ã¢â¬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.
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 Ã¢â¬Ëwet into wetÃ¢â¬â¢ 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 Ã¢â¬Ëthe discoveryÃ¢â¬â¢ 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 Ã¢â¬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.
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 itÃ¢â¬Â¦ The painting is 30x30x1.5 inches, painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
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 canÃ¢â¬â¢t 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 doeÃ¢â¬â¢s) 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.
Night Magicians is a large oil painting on canvas of three white barn owls flying across a lilac and orange twilight sky. It is contemporary art nouveau in style which you can see from the stylised shapes of the twigs and branches of the delicate white tree tops. Each of the owls (associated with the Goddess Athena by the way) is looking a different direction as if they are about to go their separate ways. Owls donÃ¢â¬â¢t really flock together so maybe they are. Owls are elegant beautiful birds and are all the more mysterious from being so quiet and hard to spot during the day time. This idea alone was enough for me to want to paint this. It is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edges, wide edge canvas, ready to hang, no frame needed.
A Spiral of Crows
A Spiral of Crows is a painting of Sussex winter landscape with a spiral of crows leading into the distance of a woodland path. It is 30x30x1.5 inches and was painted after a walk I took around Standen area near East Grinstead one November. It is painted in an expressionist style and in very thick impasto paint.I have a great affection for crows and ravens who I am convinced monitor me when I am walking and report back to each other. The spiral in this painting possibly leads to another dimension. I like to think so. The colours of this painting are very much England in winter colours and I am pleased with this as I am always trying to capture moments of time with these paintings. The location if you want to walk around here is: RH19 4NE. It is painted on deep edge canvas, 30x30x1.5 inches, white edges, ready to hang.
Summer Calls is a 16x40x1.5 inches wide panoramic oil on canvas painting of a summer landscape with swallows with an abundance of wildflowers which makes the colours rainbow and very vibrant. This painting represents a fond memory of last summer in the fields near where I live in Forest Row. There is a shallow valley of mostly farmland which attracts swallows each summer and I really enjoy watching them wheeling up and down of over the corn fields which have wildflowers growing at the edges. It has been painted as part of a series of four landscapes about the seasons.
Spring Calls is a 16x40x1.5 inches wide panoramic oil on canvas painting of a spring landscape with magpies. It is a semi abstract painting showing two magpies flying over a lake and the marshy wildflower meadows that surround it. The main colours are pink and green and it was inspired by a walk I took around Bewl Water lake in East Sussex last summer. There is a marshy part of the lake where pink flowers bloom and lots of green moss and reeds grow. This is my impression of that day. It has been painted as part of a series of four landscapes about the seasons.