Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Chasing a Memory
Chasing a Memory is a painting of one of my own memories from some other lifetime. It shows a figure and a dog by a river in summer. It is 30x30x1.5 inches. This is a very real and happy memory to me and so, in a rare event, I decided to paint it. The actual building is a real one near the Ouse river outside Lewes. This is not the place I lived but was a good enough place to paint to represent the memory. Hence it is called Chasing a Memory. The viewer is transported into this landscape with a series of random spirals, spots and lines which gives it an energy I am very pleased with. It is predominantly green but you can see the yellow fields, the red brick of the building and the blue sky in the centre as well as wildflowers which grow at the edge of the river on both sides. Dedicated to all those who are brave enough to look beyond the mundane. Painted on deep edge canvas, dark green edges, ready to hang and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Follow the Dream
A golden, vibrantly coloured panoramic oil painting of the path through an ancient woodland in autumn. 40x16x1.5 inches. The painting technique is blurred and impasto and has a golden glow to it that changes throughout the day depending on the light. This painting almost vibrates with the promise of good things around the next bend. The inspiration was lots of woodland walks taken in autumn in the East Sussex area where the paths through the trees are often well worn and very old. Many were droversâ paths used for herding animals and the echoes of the past are very strong in some of them. I tried to capture the feeling of anticipation and hope of revelation that I often get when around trees and ancient forests. The title refers to the idea that it is a good idea to dream and that you may find what you are looking for around the next bendâ¦ Dedicated to nature conservationists everywhere. Painted on 3D canvas. Edges painted dark purple, no frame needed.
Somewhere in an Autumn Clearing
This oil painting is 40x40x1.5 inches and shows a glowing autumn landscape with two swallows playing in a clearing. It is semi abstract in style and painted using techniques that allow the viewer a glimpse of a little magical universe. The energy and the drama of an autumn clearing and trees is shown in the flow lines and blurred edges and other whimsical flourishes. The colours range through purple, blue, magenta, orange and golden yellow. The two swallows are swooping and diving in a clearing beyond a tree on the left and a patch of golden green meadow and more trees beyond. The sun is shining and the swallows are having a last meal before they fly south from England for the winter. The painting was inspired by the Wadhurst area of Sussex which has many rolling meadows and crevices and patches of woodland and streams where magical things take place if you just take care to lookâ¦ (which I do!) Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang and no frame needed.
She Dreams, a deer abstract
She Dreams is a painting of a delicate female fallow deer in a semi-abstract landscape. It is 36x30 inches. The deer stands to the left having just emerged from a birch wood. There is a lake and mountains behind her and the sun above. The style is semi-abstract art nouveau but the deer is realistic against her magical landscape. The colours range through golden yellow, orange, pink, purples and white. Though I know deer may not be deep thinkers, they are, nevertheless, beautiful and mysterious animals and have the ability to enchant me no matter how often I come across them. This painting was inspired by a little deer I found half way up a hill last summer. She stood and stared at me for 2 minutes until finally vanishing into a patch of woodland. Oil on canvas, deep white edges, no frame needed, comes with certificate of authenticity.
Out of the Blue, a blue abstract deer painting
Out of the Blue is a large blue abstract painting with two female deer emerging from a beautiful blue universe. It is 40x40x1.5 inches. This is an unusual painting as it appears to be mostly blue. However, when the light changes, you will see many other colours ranging from pinks, purples, yellows and tans that only show when viewed from different angles - almost like the iridescent feather of a bird. The inspiration for the painting was simply to pay tribute to the beauty of female fallow deer but developed into something more abstract as more layers of paint were added. It is highly textured and hints at a woodland that the deer are coming from. I like to think that deer are magical beings and the intensity of the blue adds to that feeling. I have attached a âbefore and afterâ of the blue paint so you can see how it changed. It is painted on deep edge canvas, blue edges, ready to hang, no frame needed.
The Guardian, a pale seascape with lone seagull
The Guardian is a seascape painting that shows a lone seagull flying over a blue sea. It is 30x30x1.5 inches. The sea below the bird is blue and sparkling and the sky above her is composed of pastel-coloured clouds against a textured surface which makes the clouds slightly faceted. The seagull is on a mission and is an adventurous soul. Above her and to the right is the faint hint of a bird shape which I like to think is her guardian spirit. This painting is dedicated to anyone who has ever been set on a quest! It is painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
Autumn Magic is a large semi abstract autumn inspired oil painting which shows a glowing path through vibrantly coloured autumn trees. It has a magical and enticing feeling to it. It is 60x36x2 inches. The painting was made after many walks I took in and around Sussex during November 2023. The sun is low at this time of year and the beams of light shine through at an angle onto the greens, golds, magentas and oranges of the leaves casting everything around with a magical sheen. The feeling of the end of the path is of a revelation about to made and I hope I captured the sense of anticipation about what might be around the next bend in the pathâ¦ (feel free to add what you think should be there).
The Kingfishers Eden, kingfishers by a river
The Kingfishers Eden is a wide original oil painting of two kingfishers by a river surrounded by flowers and trees. It is 60x36x1.5 inches. A kingfisher on the left hovers above the suggestion of pink riverside flowers and foliage and watches another kingfisher emerging from the water to the right. Between the trees you can see a lake and a river flowing from it towards the birds. The feeling is mellow and sums up late summer and is very vibrant and colourful. The painting style uses many different techniques and the overall effect is one that hints at flowers and trees but actually in a semi-abstract style. The abundance of paint layers and the rainbow colours makes this painting shimmer and reflect differently in interesting ways. The overall effect is of an idyllic countryside landscape that is capturing a perfect moment in time. The reason for this is that every time I see a kingfisher, it is always a perfect moment in time! (only seen 3 so far) Painted on 3D canvas, edges white, ready to hang and comes with certificate of authenticity.
The Ancient Spell
The Ancient Spell is a semi abstract magical landscape painting of the view through a woodland to a ridge of hills beyond. It is 36x30x1.5 inches oil on canvas. Under the trees you can see a hint of foxgloves and other wildflowers and the leaves of the trees are glowing and verdant. In the middle of the ridge of hills beyond there is a bump on the horizon that is actually the clump of trees on Chanctonbury Ring -an iron age fort on the South Downs. The is an actual place I found whilst walking though farmland in June. It was a warm day and nature was in abundance with wildflowers and fields and patches of woodland all around. There was an atmosphere in this particular wood that seemed quite ancient and very welcoming which is why the painting appears to show portals and strange shapes hinting at an element of magic. Painted on deep edge canvas, white, edges, ready to hang and comes with a certificate of authenticity.