Artist Bonnie Lambert combines a love of nature with man-made structures, using intense color and expressive, energetic brushstrokes to create striking paintings. Visit her website to see more of her work.
I am known for my use of brilliant color and evocative brushstrokes. My paintings seek to contrast the beauty of the natural world with the every-day in urban settings.
I earned a BA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and worked as a professional actress for nearly two decades. My theatrical background lends natural drama and mystery to my work as well as joy and celebration.
Nature plays a prominent role in my use of color and light. Exposed to the Wisconsin seasons in my youth, their distinct colors, gorgeous skies and dramatic storms filled my creative imagination. I’m continually drawn to spectacular sunsets and sunrises, the shock of skies before and after showers, late afternoon light stretching long shadows and fog blurring the world, all reflected in my body of work.
I studied art for two years at The Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California, before I met my mentor, museum-collected Latina artist Margaret Garcia, in 2009. I credit Garcia as my greatest influence and continue to study under her in a weekly painting workshop.
Ray Turner, Wolf Kahn and Margaret Lazarri are also strong influences as well as the impressionists Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Renoir and Cezanne.
A successful graphic designer for many years, I enjoy the emotional expression that painting provides. To my surprise, I discovered that the freedom I find in painting opens up my design work to come from a more intuitive place.
Conversely, my graphic design, which tends to be more intellectual, influences me to make more intellectual decisions about storytelling in my painting.
My mission is to communicate the joyous, wild beauty of nature reflected through urban spaces. I’m currently creating a series of oil paintings featuring transmission towers and telephone poles connected by swooping lines marching over the landscape.
These giants have become invisible to us or we would call them eyesores. Yet, as I watch light and time sweep across them, they become powerful and beautiful to me. As the colors of the sky evolve during the day, towers, poles and lines reflect those colors to create their own hues.
This dance between nature and the man-made fascinates and inspires me, as I hope it will the viewer.
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