Bonnie Posselli was born in Lake City, Utah in 1942. A plein-air painter and western regionalist, her work focuses on her emotional response to Main Street America, agrarian scenes, and forests. She lives in Salt Lake City.
Posselli joined the Plein-Air Society, led by brothers Ken and Dan Baxter. She studied under Alvin Gittins at the University of Utah . She earned a degree in illustration from a technical college in 1982, but did not pursue commercial art as a profession, preferring to paint landscapes in the plein-air style, focusing on the effects of light.
San Rafael Swell and Old Town Park City are some examples of her work. In 2002, Poselli was selected by Springville Museum of Art as one of its top painters, and in 2001 and 2003 she was selected to participate in the Plein-Air Painters of America Exhibition on Santa Catalina Island.
Biography adapted from material supplied by the artist.
To view a Bonnie Posselli painting, be it of winter cottonwoods along the river bottoms, warm flush of evening sun over the buttes of southern Utah, or being carried on her journeys to foreign lands, is to be in the moment that Bonnie experienced within the rhythm of nature. Bonnie grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah the eldest of six children. Her parents enjoyed the out of doors and so for vacations took their children camping throughout Utah and neighboring states. During these outdoor experiences she absorbed the beauty and wonder of nature, which would later be reflected in her paintings. Her mother was a painter who encouraged Bonnie as a young adult to join with her in a plein air painting group, and from there the dye was cast.
Bonnie married and had three children, one girl and two boys. Her education during this time was intermittent at the University of Utah. There she studied figure with Alvin Gittins, an experience that was indelible and would continue to serve her. Later, after a divorce, she went on to earn a degree in illustration, but soon realized that the early development of her plein air painting skills were her abiding love and strongest asset. Bonnie never did accept a job in the commercial art field, but her training coupled with previous outdoor painting experience proved to enrich her depth of understanding and skill as well as provide a reliable source of income.
Most significant and lasting influences for Bonnie were from early landscape painters, John F. Carlson, Richard Schmidt, Edgar Payne, and LeConte Stewart. John F. Carlson (1890-1945) was the noted expert on outdoor painting from the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York. His book, Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting, became the “Bible“ for many students of landscape painting. Carlson's philosophy was to paint nature at your own backdoor and to not feel compelled to travel for the “picturesque.“ His reverence for the pure, natural landscape setting and abiding love of trees would continue to inspire Bonnie throughout her career.
Bonnie has traveled and painted throughout South America. Over a span of about eleven years there have been seven trips including Brazil, Argentina, three trips to Peru, Guatemala, Chili and Easter Island, and in November 2004, planning another trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Alaska opened another plein air paintings and camping experience during a week long river trip in the Tick Chick wilderness area. She has twice been a guest artist of the Plein Air Painters of America on the Island of Catalina where she has become enchanted and drawn to the painting of marine life. Further paintings of harbor life have been painted on Bainbridge Island and Monterey Bay.
Bonnie's quiet and meticulous rendering of trees, as well as her rich luscious hues depicting the many moods of Utah's red rock country, have won her critical praise coupled with an impressive group of collectors. As of this time, she has purchased property in the vicinity of Torrey, located in the spectacular red rock country at the mouth of Capitol Reef National Park, in south central Utah, where she is planning her second home/studio.
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Biography courtesy of the artist.
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