Not just a place on the map
A resident of Nunney, Somerset, for many year, I had a stunning view of the Castle from my garden. I began a series of sketches and paintings of the Castle from different viewpoints, at different times of the day, and throughout the year, and in atmospheric weather conditions – the sombre effect of rain, delicate traces of snow blurring its outlines, sunrise and sunset, twilight shadows, nightfall and stars. This dramatic ruin of a Castle is a fascinating, revealing subject.
This remembering of the history of the spirit of the place that is central to the series of Nunney Castle paintings – from panoramic views to more intimate glances from the window of my cottage.
My attention has also been drawn to the landscape and ancient sites of Somerset and Wiltshire: the White Horse at Cley Hill, near Westbury, which can be seen from the top of Nunney village; looking eastwards from Somerset across into Wiltshire to Stonehenge and Avebury stone circle; and westwards towards Glastonbury Tor.
My relocation to Devon in 2020 has given me the opportunity to further explore the Triassic and Jurassic coastline, from Teignmouth in Devon to Dancing Ledge in Dorset.
PAULINE BULLARD, MA
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
- Guide at Tate Gallery and Tate Modern, London for 20 years