Gill Bustamante - Artist Gill Bustamante - Artist Artisan
49 Hartfield Road Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5BY
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Gill Bustamante - Artist


As a child I taught myself to draw and paint by copying animals and horses out of books on an almost daily basis.

Then in 1979 I did a foundation course at Chelsea and then a degree course at Brighton where I graduated in 1983 with a fine art degree in sculpture. I then worked in a studio on the seafront for a while making sculptures with an architect for clubs and hotels.

On moving to East Grinstead in the late 80's, I began painting for an art agent that specialised in animal, people and bespoke portraits and soon became reasonably skilled at ‘classical’ style painting which I continued to do for over 15 years.

Like most artist’s- especially female ones I suspect - I struggled to divide my time between art, raising a child, work commitments and other obligations. It was therefore not until I was almost 50, menopausal and a bit mad that I finally found myself enough time to experiment and find out what I really wanted to do as an artist.

Two other factor’s helped me at this point:
1. Some nice people invented the internet so I could sell my art in online art galleries.
2. I become an art tutor so that I could keep evolving as an artist by helping other people to become artist’s plus not die of starvation as I pursued my art career more intensely.

l have a great love and respect for all artists and art forms – especially those pushing important humanitarian, aesthetic and ecological messages but established fairly recently that my own message is simply one of being able to provide a temporary escape to people and hopefully one that will uplift them. I am a Scientologist and therefore quite familiar with the concept of the spiritual being infinitely more valuable that the material.

My creativeness is helped by listening to BBC radio 6 music, irreverent comedy, walking and looking at things, eating cake, sitting in fields and imagining things.

My Artist Statement

I am a professional artist based in Sussex and I paint large original oil paintings of landscapes and seascapes that are inspired by places and things I have seen. I especially like to paint English landscapes of trees and forests, wildflowers, deer, sea and sky and how these change with the seasons.
My favourite artist is Gustav Klimt and my painting style is a fusion of Expressionist, Impressionist, a little Art Nouveau and whatever mood I am in that day.
I did an art degree in sculpture at Brighton which I completed in 1983 but am self-taught as a painter.
My paintings focus on the patterns of nature, colours and spaces and each one has a story behind it and often slightly mystical elements within it. I like to think that paintings have ‘little souls’ woven into them by the artist and that these are what call to a viewer (or not as the case may be) and give a painting presence and desirability. My aim is to make art that offers a glimpse of spaces and possibilities where people can escape the manic the pace of life and imagine themselves somewhere better – even if just for seconds at a time…

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I am located in Forest Row, East Sussex.

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