Based in the heart of Somerset, Pauline Bullard’s work reflects the landscape around her, the ruined grandeur of Nunney Castle, Somerset, the ancient majesty of Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles, and the Jurassic coastline of Dorset.
My approach to landscape painting is an act of attention which leads to an involuntary sinking-in, to the memory and history of place. This becomes the strength for a narrative evoking memory, the spirit of the place, the shadows an echo of what came before; exploring the relationships between memories, the land and its edges. These ideas are rendered in mixed media, oil, and watercolour, prints with a strong emphasis on the activity of drawing – in my mark making an interrogation of perceived absence and capture. I am particularly interested in the surface quality of the finished painting with which I attempt to investigate the organic and ruined structure of Nunney Castle.
As a resident of Nunney for many years, I have a stunning view of Nunney Castle from my garden. I have made a series of sketches and paintings of the castle from different viewpoints at different times of the day and throughout the year, atmospheric weather conditions, the sombre effect of rain, delicate traces of snow blurring its outlines, sun rise and sunset, shadows, nightfall and stars. This dramatic ruin of a castle is a fascinating, revealing subject.
I do not describe the landscape merely as a picturesque view, rather to invoke it, the ancient myths and legends, the spirit of the place. It is this remembering of the history, the spirit of the place that is imbued in the series of Nunney Castle paintings; from a panoramic view to the more intimate glance from my cottage garden.
Artist, Art Historian and Lecturer in Art History
- St. Alban’s School of Art, University of Hertfordshire B.A. Hons. Fine Art
- Birkbeck College, London University Diploma in History of Art
- Chelsea School of Art, London. M.A. History and Theory of Modern Art
- Member of The Turner Society, Frome Art Society, Bruton Art Society