Artwork for Deb L Bunker
Calendula Still Life
Land of My Mothers
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 to work in larger, more direct brush strokes, focusing more on light than form and to make every brush stroke count.
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.
I have been been working with the environmental performance activism group, the Red Rebels, since 2019, most recently on the Save the Wye pilgrimage and and was recently involved in a film making project at Tintern Abbey with the Writers Rebellion. I regularly donate artwork to help promote the cause of environmental organisations and groups.
I am a painter, currently working in oils, with a varied subject matter but mostly landscapes and still life depicting nature in some form.
Workshops, performance activism, photography and sketchbook keeping as a visual journal.
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
Mid Wales Arts Annual Exhibition
Celf y Gwmpas Artist Network Exhibitions 2023, 2022, 2021
Joint exhibition Argoed Mill pop up gallery 2022
Sea and Slate Gallery, Llangranog
Direct commission work