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Pat Bullen-Whatling Gallery

Carmarthenshire

I am a female artist working out of Llandeilo in west Wales and exporting my originals and high quality fine-art prints direct to clients as far afield as Australia and the USA. Some of my originals cost less than £20 each while others cost hundreds, even thousands of pounds but they are all beautiful and, already-painted or freshly commissioned, my work regularly brings tears to their new owners eyes as I hand it over - and often to mine as we share that moment of pure joy and so often become friends. I create beautiful art for individuals, all the time, for businesses, often, and have been commissioned and re-commissioned by the National Trust here in Wales. So often the very first question I’m asked when a person stands before one of my paintings is . . . . “How long did it take you to do that?” And I want to tell them (with genuine seriousness) that it’s taken me all my life . . . but instead I gently explain that it’s an almost unanswerable question. Each work consumes many, many hours of my time, my concentration and my soul but in amongst all those hours of labour I often leave it to do something else (I’m human, I eat and sleep too and I have to arrange exhibition events, order new supplies; canvasses, paints, printer rolls etc.) and sometimes I leave one painting to work on another image entirely . This is usually because of my tendency to layer my paint thickly, to get just the effect I desire, and, quite simply, I might be forced to allow one layer to dry thoroughly before I even dare to consider adding another. Then, when it is finally finished I know from experience that it might not be. I also know from experience that my emotional state by then means I will not be a good judge and that, potentially, one more brushstroke could bring it to ruin. So I take it into my home and put it in a prominent position and I don’t look at it - I never look at it - I glance at it in passing as if surprised to see it there, and it’s in those glances, purposefully fleeting, that I finally judge its balance and maturity.

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What do you love most about your job?

I have sketched and painted from a child and, year on year, this pastime became so much more than that. I now paint because I have to, both emotionally and in a real-life sense, it's my job, my work, my passion. It drives my thoughts and though some paintings terrify me by the time it is finished I know I have to paint again.
I love pushing my own boundaries, all the time, reaching for more beauty, more impact, more realism and yet at the same time more . . . . magic . . . . and I am most free to do this when I paint my own ideas, almost for myself and I'm very lucky so many people want them on their walls.
But I love working on commission too. It's so varied, some subjects are so unexpected that in reality, teaming up with You, working to bring Your dream to a stunning reality is like painting with one head and two hearts. I love it. So do look at what I've already created through sheer love and if you want something else, something just a little different (or even stunningly different) contact me and we can begin to talk.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Everybody, it often seems, dreams a different dream but my husband and I were lucky, we dreamed the same dream, we’ve always been lucky in that way.
Perhaps partly seduced by the tv programme ‘The Good Life’ we searched for a year, saw more than 200 smallholdings, and, one day, passed a run down, bleak house on a north facing hill on a grey and cold November afternoon, when we were already very tired.
So we drove past, just glanced up and drove past, but we turned, about a half a mile later, and went back to take a proper look. We had come a long way and it seemed silly to pass even bleak looking houses that didn’t bother to smile at us as we went by.
But this house turned out to be where we dreamed we’d live forever, where we would have our children (which we did) and where we would rear them and immerse them in nature, and that we’d stay there until we were old and both faded into nothingness . . . but that was not to be . . . and that is one just part of our tragedy.
But it is also what first inspired me to sketch and paint seriously, with a view to selling seriously, and first take art lessons locally and then, finally, attend university in Carmarthen as a mature student to study a Fine Art course with Honours for three years before being awarded my degree and . . . and after that my view of life and especially of art was changed forever.

Why should our clients choose you?

One thing that has constantly surprised (and very much delighted me) is the emotion that fills people when they first see my art - and which often overflows as tears at the moment they hold out their hands - that moment when it becomes theirs - when we become friends.
I am aware that I create every piece with a passion and love borne out of the story of my past. I am painting my dreams and I'm painting your dreams too but I love it that my clients have this exact same passion and they are never buying a painting or a picture, they are buying a piece of my soul and they are buying it because that exact same emotion exists in their soul too. Art is not paint and canvas - it is excitement, emotion and fire.

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