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William Smith

Deb L Bunker

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Artwork for Deb L Bunker

Three Pears

Red Cabbage

Little Boat, Newquay Harbour



How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

Having worked in many mediums I have concentrated on painting in oils for the last couple of years finding the slower process more in keeping with the direction my work is taking. My aim is to to provoke a feeling of connection between viewer and subject and encourage them to slow down and look closer at their natural environment and celebrate the beauty of ordinary things. Having spent years working as a natural history illustrator I now prefer a looser approach to my work, focusing more on light than form and to make every brush stroke count.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Having grown up in rural mid Wales and having received what I consider ‘a proper country upbringing,’ I am passionate about the environment and am witnessing huge changes in the habitats so close to my heart. One of my chief concerns is how very detached from nature our modern world seems to be and how unaware of its’ importance for our future survival. My work has taken a different turn from merely painting pretty landscapes or illustrating natural history books to trying to convey a more emotional response via the means of paint, sculpture or performance activism.

Integral to my work are studies in the Waterhole Ritual method of horsemanship - a method involving daily meditation with my horses and working with body language and energy that ultimately achieves ‘the dance’ of both horse and human moving as one. I considers this and my long daily walks communing in nature, watching and listening closely to all around me, as much a part of my practice as the act of painting or making.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a painter, currently working in oils, with a varied subject matter but mostly landscapes and still life depicting nature in some form.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

Workshops, performance activism, photography and sketchbook keeping as a visual journal.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

Foundation Course at Hereford Art College.
Design and Illustration at Berkshire College of Art.
Natural History illustrator for Cardiff University.
Freelance Artist/illustrator since 1988

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Mid Wales Arts Annual Exhibition
Celf y Gwmpas Artist Network Exhibitions 2023, 2022, 2021
Joint exhibition Argoed Mill pop up gallery 2022
Hereford Art week at The Hymns as part of the radnorshire Artists group
6 month residency at The Lost Arc, Rhayader

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Sea and Slate Gallery, Llangranog
The Lost Arc, Rhayader
Direct commission work

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