Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeanne Bonine.
Jeanne, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
After celebrating 50 years in the art profession, I have been labeled as a Romantic Realist for my larger-than-life, oversized, rich, and lush floral paintings. Beginning at an early age as an oil painter, I found a need to have control of my life, and so I chose to turn to watercolor, which as every painter knows, is the most difficult of all mediums to control. The challenge to paint masterfully as a transparent watercolor purist with multiple layers of paint, the belief that I had a message to deliver through my works, and the persistent dedication through the years, has led me to where I am today.
Twenty-five years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and was given a 5% rate of surviving this disease. I moved to Arizona and found, through my art, that my message was now more important than ever. As days, weeks, months, and years passed, my work became larger and bolder, still retaining softness. But now, more than ever, it showed the gratefulness, strength, and passion of my life.
In the seasoned period of my work, I have returned to my roots of oil painting. Finding it gives me new inspiration and a fresh challenge. Although most of my work is floral, I find my brush creating images of Arizona skies, landscapes, and the fauna of this healing land. To step it up and to step out of my comfort zone at 75, I recently painted a commissioned abstract that measured 11′ by 3 1/2′. I believe that the next work of art could and should be my best, and I am constantly inspired by the Arizona light that has played on my subjects and been my muse.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
In both my watercolors and oils, the subjects are executed in detail and cast against a fluid and dreamy background. This approach creates a magical combination that lures the viewer into the heart of the matter as it captures the romance of beauty. My subjects, more than likely, are noted as being painted “off the page,” as I believe there is always “more to the story.”
Originals and limited edition high-quality giclees of my work are available to my current and future collectors as well as my coffee table book, “Inspirations of Timeless Beauty,” which features my award-winning watercolors and prose, as well as my life’s journey and its effect on my work.
In my quest as an artist, I have immersed myself in the painting of nature. In its beauty flows the eternal rhythmic heartbeat of natural law and order… of reason and passion… of harmony and love. Embracing this awareness, I strive to heighten the viewer’s desire for beauty and enhance their sense of peace.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I believe the role of an artist for me has not changed in the seemingly changing world. It has only strengthened. There is now, more than ever, a need for beauty and peace within one’s self, a need to be enlightened and to rise above the norm, a need to feel comfortable in the past beliefs that have grounded us and made us face each morning with a positive attitude.
If my work can bring this comfort to its viewer, then I have reached my life’s purpose, then I have done what I was born to do, then I can rest forever with the gift God has given me.
I will continue to paint in the same manner, no matter what events transpire, because I believe we are all the same at the core of our being, that we are all searching for the same end, and that we all want to aspire to our highest self.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Currently, I am part of an exhibit at the Desert Caballero Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. The exhibit, featured in the main exhibition hall, is titled “Flower Power.” Eight of my desert botanicals, which include both my oils and watercolors, are on display now until October 20, 2019. A selection of my giclees and greeting cards are available for purchase in their two gift shops. “Totality of Life” a Bonine oil, 36″ x 36″ will greet your entry at the beginning of the exhibit. For more information, visit my website or contact the museum at 928 684 2272, http://westernmuseum.org.
November 22 – 24, 29 – 30, and December 1, 2019 marks the dates for the Annual Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League.
My studio is #19, and a must stop on the tour. Woks are displayed throughout my home, and it is where you will see the largest body of my paintings, giclees, and gift items.
I am a host artist for this show and will also have a jeweler and western painter displaying their works with me.
In 2020 the Arizona Fine Art Expo returns featuring 100 artists in studio. I will have two studios to display and sell my work while painting new creations,
The show runs daily from January 10th through March 24th from 10 am – 6 pm.
Contact 480-837-7163 for more info or check my website under “Events.”
My studio is open by appointment to anyone who wishes to get the full experience of my work, studio, and living space. It is where it all begins and ends, and I would love to have you visit my world.
- Address: Jeanne Bonine Studio
6240 E Quail Track Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
- Website: JEANNEBONINE.COM
- Phone: 480 585 1985 602 692 0099 (cell)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org