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Bonnie Zahn Griffith - 2019 We Art Women Artist

Updated: Mar 29, 2019


At about the age of 5, I boldly proclaimed I was an artist. The brighter, the bolder the color the better! Through years of experimenting with many mediums, pastels became a favorite choice – for the rich color and the immediacy of the product. I literally have painted and created art since that early age even through a full-time career in the medical field where I traveled extensively. Since 1979 I have maintained gallery representation in several western states showing both pastels and oils. Participating in numerous national events and have most recently as an invited artist in the Timeless Legacy art event in Kalispell, MT honoring Glacier Park has been an honor. I have done 3 artists in residence programs have been invaluable in the development of my plein air work. Continuing art education is critical and I have been lucky to have taken workshops from several outstanding instructors such as Elizabeth Mowry, Lorenzo Chavez, Robert Moore, and Ned Mueller to name a few. I paint nearly daily in my studio in southwestern Idaho and plein air somewhere in the world!


From 1979 when I embarked on my first plein air painting trek (a most humbling and frustrating adventure) I knew I would pursue and persevere! It started with baby steps, painting local landscapes and realizing what a difference it makes to paint from life – how much more you see in real time compared to a photographic image. Then traveling to plein air events in about 2005 and haven’t stopped. What I have learned on these journeys from efficient packing a “portable studio” to techniques I use to render paintings are discussed in my chapter “Pastel Sticks Traveling in the Sticks.” My hope is that my techniques for travel tips, underpaintings, sketches, storing and transporting pastel paintings with ease will encourage studio painters to explore plein air and maybe bring a new trick or two to the seasoned plein air artist. My work is represented at Finer Frames, Eagle, ID; Kelly’s Gallery, Joseph, OR; Earthworks, Yachats, OR; Pendleton Art and Frame, Pendleton, OR; Moccasin Mountain Gallery, Lewistown, MT; The Depot Gallery, Red Lodge, MT; The Frame Hut Gallery, Billings, MT, Wenaha Gallery, Dayton, WA


Online: website: Bonniegriffith.com; Facebook: Bonnie Griffith Landscape Artist; Instagram: bonniezahngriffith


See "Aspen Shadows" in our We Art Women Juried Exhibition - Opening Reception is April 4th, 2019 at Art Source Gallery. 1015 Main St, Boise ID




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