BONNIE CONRAD 1947¬ Oil painter Bonnie Conrad portrays images of America's western and rural heritage. Her painterly style is enriched by her love for color and masterful portrayal of light.. She is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (OPA) and American Women Artists (AWA). Some of the artists who have inﬂuenced her work; Nicolai Fechin, Joaquin Serolla, Richard Schmid,Mike Malm, Carolyn Anderson and Dan Mieduch. Some awards include Zwei Tu Color Award Oil Painter's of America, Dixie Invitational, Second Place Oil, American Plains Artists First Place Oil and Best of Show, Purchase Award St. George Arts Festival, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2008 Poster Artist, Southwest Arts’s Publisher’s Award as well as Texas Award, Top 15% Bold Brush Paint Contest 2020 Fine Art Studio Online, St. George Arts Festival Best of Show 2004 and Featured Artist 2015, First Place Oil American Academy of Women Artists, Best of Show Western Spirit. Some invitational shows Bonnie has been invited to participate in include Oil Painters of America's 20th Anniversary, Briscoe Museum's "Night of Artists," Settler's West Miniature, Gilcrease Museum's America in Miniature, Miniatures by the Lake Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson, C.M. Russell Auction and Masters in Miniature, Phippen Museum's Masters in Miniature, and Western Spirit Cheyenne. Museums hosting her work have been Tucson Desert Art Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA, Phippen Museum, Masters in Miniature, Rockwell Museum, Corning NY, Salmagundi Club, NY, Permanent Collections Pioneer Center for the Arts, St. George, Utah and Clymer Museum, “Two Gents and a Lady” at Bradford Brinton and Sheridan College Museum One Woman Show, Featured Artist, Lecture on Women of Western Realism, Phoenix Art Museum. Publications include Art of the West, July/August 2021, A Double Dose of magic, Western Art Collector, "Art of the Horse" and “Artist Focus", American Cowboy, Western Horseman, Cowboys and Indians and Southwest Art, Informart and Painthorse Magazine, U.S. Art, and Art of the American West, Rockport Publishers 1999. Presently Bonnie paints winters from her home/studio in red rock country of St. George, Utah and summers in Mendon, Utah at the foot of the Wellsville Mountains. She is represented by Oh Be Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte, CO, Mountain Trails Gallery, Sedona, AZ, Davis and Blevins, St. Jo, TX and Logan Fine Art, Logan, Utah. ARTISTS STATEMENT Bonnie Conrad Painting for me is somewhat of an addiction. I am often referred to as a “painterly” painter and when I get into that mode of freedom…applying the strokes with calculated abandon…I am at the height of my glory! Exploring the use of color and light is what captivates me. There is power in being able to breathe life into a two-dimensional image thru the use of value, color temperature, edges and light. A strategically placed and unexpected color note can make a piece sing. There is something about a masterfully executed painting that touches deeply the inner soul. I am constantly challenged to accomplish just such a response in my viewer. Art should uplift and invigorate the Soul.