Most of the attention has been focused on whether or not Bush has talent, but I suspect that Two Coats readers might like to know more about Bonnie Flood, a painter who used to own two art galleries but now says she supports herself through teaching and painting. “Art has been a main thread throughout my life.” she writes on her website. “It wove through years of
clothing design, interior design and resulted in the development of oil
painting. When I started painting, it became a deep passion…” In her workshops, students work from still lifes and photographs as they learn compositional strategies, canvas preparation, color mixing, and methods for applying paint with a palette knife.
The idea of Mixing colors and creating a painting was so fascinating to me. I love patterns of reflected light, subtle nuances of color and I am always looking for new ways to express my perceptions and feelings. I grew up in a small Amish town in Indiana. Sometimes I find myself drawn back to the barns, farm animals, and hay bales. Painting them takes me back home. The colors of the farmland in the Spring, the smell of fresh hay, all bring about the desire to paint them.
I have traveled throughout Europe painting a totally different scene, vineyards and small villages, but there is no place like home. I have studied in Taos, Santa Fe, Scottsdale, and Europe. I have been influenced by many great teachers, but I am still in awe of the great masters. As in design work, I enjoy all styles of painting; still life with brilliant colors, flowers with a palette knife, and mixed media. My paintings hang in many collectors’ homes as well as corporate offices. I have won many awards for my work, which I am very grateful for….My desire is to touch the hearts of those that see my work, to influence and encourage those that love to paint as much as myself.
Flood doesn’t mention where she went to art school, so I suspect she doesn’t have a BFA but probably studied with independent teachers instead. Here are a few images of her paintings, which may not be challenging intellectually, but they display a good grasp of color and some lively paint handling.
Watch an interview with Bonnie Flood here.
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