Whether it is of winter cottonwoods along a river bottom, the warm flush of an evening sun over the buttes of Southern Utah, or scenes from her journeys to foreign lands — to view a Bonnie Posselli painting is to be within the moment that Bonnie experienced.
She grew up in Salt Lake City, the eldest of six children. Family vacations included camping throughout the western states. Bonnie remembers her absorption with the beauty and wonder of nature, now reflected in her paintings. As a young adult, Bonnie was encouraged by her mother, an artist, to join with her in a plein air painting group. From there the dye was cast.
Her most significant influences are from early landscape painters, John F. Carlson, Richard Schmid, Edgar Payne and LeConte Stewart. Carlson (1890-1945) was a noted expert on outdoor painting from the Art Students League Summer School in Woodstock, New York. His book, Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting, has become the “bible” for many serious landscape painters. Carlson’s philosophy is to paint nature at your own back door and not feel compelled to travel for the “picturesque”. His reverence for pure, natural landscape and his love of trees has inspired Bonnie throughout her career.
Bonnie has painted throughout South America. Over two decades, there have been several trips, including to Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Chili, Easter Island, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and four trips to Peru,. Alaska opened another plein air painting and camping experience during a adventurous week-long river trip in the Tik Chik Wilderness area. Recent travels to Italy, France, and London England are inspiring many of her newer paintings.
Bonnie Posselli’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 along with an impressive group of collectors.
Bonnie`s most recent awards:
2010 People’s Choice Award, Maynard Dixon Country Invitational
2008 Purchase Award, Zion National Park “A Century of Sanctuary”
2008 Ward Roylance Award, Entrada Institute
One of the 100 Best Artists of Utah, Springville Art Museum 2002 curatorial committee
2002 Best of Show, Maynard Dixon Invitational
2002 Arts for the Parks rand Canyon Purchase Award
Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 1997, “The Art of Travel”
Southwest Art Magazine, September 1998,
One page ad for Torrey Gallery One Person Show
Salt Lake Magazine, 1990 feature article “Painting from the Land”
Southwest Art Magazine, February 2001 “Artist to Watch”
Art of the West Magazine, March/April 2002 “What’s News” “Sego Gallery features Alaskan Art”
Southwest Art Magazine, January 2005 feature article “The Architecture of Emotion”
Bonnie Posselli – The Paintings of Bonnie Posselli
Enchanted Isle: A History of Plein Air Painting in Catalina Island. Published in 2003
Utah Art/Artists, 150 year survey, Springville Museum of Art, 2002 Cultural Olympiad Committee.
Utah Profile 1991, 1992: Full Page with color images and text, American Heritage Publication