"Growing up in metropolitan Detroit and spending adventure-filled summers on lakes and in the woods of up north Michigan, Duncan Bullock lived an artful life. Discovering Yellowstone National Park as a young adult was life-changing. Painting and photography in the park became a lifelong passion. She and her family moved to Bozeman in 1981. She enjoyed a rewarding and award-winning career in graphic design, marketing, and entrepreneurship but created fine art throughout.
Bullock’s oils at age 14 and acrylics in college led to watercolors in 1985. Plein air watercolor painting had been her means to best capture nature’s amazing aspects for many years. Currently, she is painting with acrylics again and experimenting with new grounds and techniques. She enjoys painting on unexpected surfaces, like watercolors on canvas and acrylics on metal sheets.
Bullock began her art studies with two years at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. After marriage and relocation, she switched to graphic design and learned marketable skills taught by professionals from Detroit’s elite design agencies at Oakland Community College. She became the first full-time designer at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in their 100 history. After that, she was a freelance artist and worked for several important firms in Bozeman and as a designer Project Wet at Montana State University. She finally completed a BFA–Graphics degree with honors at MSU–Bozeman in 2003.
For many years, Bullock has been actively involved in various art communities in Montana.
She is a member of the Bozeman Art Museum Boosters (formerly called the Southwest Montana Artists) and the Montana Contemporary Arts Coalition. She is a past member of the cooperative Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture. She has participated in many juried shows at the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture and the Livingston Center for Art and Culture, as well as the Sweet Pea Festival art events. She has twice had solo shows at the Wild Crumb Bakery. Bullock works in a light-filled studio in her backyard."
Duncan's Artist Statement
"I am a restless, lifelong painter who creates abstract, impressionistic allusions to nature. I recreate the beauty of nature in a way that I hope will engage the viewer’s emotions and enrich their response to the natural world. My concern for the planet and its occupants has only grown with time.
My body of work is eclectic because I work spontaneously and loosely, stimulated by unlimited curiosity and visual excitement. I have worked exclusively with watercolors paints for many years but in the last few years, I am exploring acrylic painting and found new ways to enjoy it. I studied oil painting at the age of 14 but have resisted using oil and solvents because of their more toxic qualities, even though there are new, safer options available.
I believe color has emotional power and I wield it freely and with confidence.
All people experience color differently. I offer variety in my palettes to appeal to a broad selection of viewers. I have been profoundly influenced by the striking and subtle colors of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since first visiting in 1975. But, I am not biased against any colors and I am continually inspired to try new combinations.
I have enjoyed participating in juried art shows in Bozeman and Livingston over many years. I am fortunate to have a sunfilled studio in my backyard which is open by appointment."
ERA Landmark has always approached hanging artists in our office a little differently - instead of taking a commission from art sales, we ask our artists to donate a small percentage towards a local charity or nonprofit near and dear to their hearts. Duncan has pledged to donate 20% of her art proceeds to the REACH Inc of Bozeman. To further help support Duncan's cause, ERA Landmark will be price matching a donation of up to $250 as well towards the same association.