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164 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 Bull's early work was initially quite literal. "I did tightly detailed, graphic studies of farm ani- mals and landscapes until the early 1990s," he says. The painter was initially inspired by tradi- tional English illustrators, such as Eric Ennion, known for his ultra-realistic bird paintings. Bull's style underwent a sea change around 1992. "My work became much freer. The bold colors came in and morphed into a more con- temporary, looser style." The large flower can- vases from this period bear the DNA of anoth- er of Bull's influences, Georgia O'Keefe. "She is probably my favorite artist," he confesses. What precipitated that metamorphosis? "As a young man I went to a very strict, sort of fun- damentalist church. It was great, but on another level very narrow," he says. "There was no going to movies, no reading books apart from the Bible, no listening to the news. It was kind of Amish. You cut yourself off." When he eventually (Left)"It's A Beautiful Thing" (Below) "Gateway To The Bay"

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