Bullock is best known for powerful but nuanced images of family, nature, and beauty she saw in her personal life. Her emotional images vary in style, as she worked in media including painting, line drawing, sculptural canvases, and pottery. “I am motivated by an inner compulsion to put in visual terms how life is to me,” she wrote in an artist statement. “An attempt to capture the essence of the many faces of life as I see and feel is a primary visual goal.”
Bullock was born in Granville County, NC, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education and History from North Carolina Central University (NCCU). She received her Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University. She taught art for 19 years in Raleigh until her retirement in 1989. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Afro-American Life Achievement Award in 1983 and the Legacy of Gold medal award in 2009. Her painting, “Autumn Poem” (1975) is currently on display in “Connected: African-American Female Artists and North Carolina” at NCCU through April 19, 2019.