Introducing Karen Bonnie

A. Banks Gallery is excited to welcome talented artist Karen Bonnie! We are thrilled to have her. Come see her stunning work in person at 127 east main street in downtown Bozeman, Montana. You can also see all our artist's work on our website by clicking below!

Artist Biography: Having trained and competed on dressage horses on a local level for 20 years in the Midwest, Karen has not been without horses in her life since she was 20. She currently rides her hardy and sensible Quarter Horses on the ranches and in the surrounding mountains, and has recently acquired a turn-of-the-century surrey to use in the many local parades. One area of interest is in Reining and Cutting Horses, and that has come about by experiencing it firsthand, when she is occasionally invited to join in on a gather when it is time to sort.

Karen is working primarily with oil bars on a solid textured panel. Oil bars are a traditional method of using oil paint mixed with wax, giving a more substantial feel to the medium. “Colors are mixed on the painting rather than on the palette, and it frees me up a bit and leaves traces of the process there for the viewer to see and experience. I love the way the texture of the panel picks up paint in a random fashion, giving the painting life and realism without being fussy.” Karen often paints her subjects in low light as at the end or beginning of the day, symbolizing inner peace and the promise of a new beginning.

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