Pat Bullen-Whatling Gallery
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.