Artist Statement of Gill Bustamante

"My paintings often have slightly mystical elements within them. I try to instill energy and answers in them that I like to think will help bring good fortune to their buyers. I may have the body of a middle aged woman but I have the mind and imagination of an 8 year old and am delighted that I can indulge this inclination in my painting and actually get paid for it. I am not alone in my desire to find magic in the spaces, plants, trees and creatures of nature I think.

The main factor that has helped me develop my unique painting style was probably my six years studying art at college which was well spent learning to draw skilfully and learning about composition, colours, tones and shapes. I know my basics quite well and so I can get away with experimental painting with confidence to do things that are not tried and tested. I think that the best paintings in this world have ‘little souls’ woven into them by the artist and this is what makes people desire them (or not). This is what I try to do. Sometimes I succeed well and sometimes I don’t but it keeps me endlessly entertained."