Bonnie Paruch is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. As of August 28, 2014, she has been awarded the honor of "Master Pastelist" Her vibrant pastel paintings have been juried into the presigious P.S.A. National shows in New York six times, garnering four awards.
In 2002 she wrote an article describing her plein air painting techniques for International Pastel Artist magazine. International Artist magazine has featured Bonnie's plein air work and identified her as one of "America's leading landscape painters".
She is an award winning participant in Invitational Plein Air competitions including Tucson Plein Air, Door County Plein Air, Cedarburg Plein Air, and Rocky Mountain Plein Air.
Bonnie was identified as an "Artist to collect" by Southwest Art magazine. Her additional publications include American Artist Magazine where she was honored to be the cover artist, The Pastel Journal, North Light Magazine, and the Best of Flower Painting Two, a North Light book.
She teaches popular painting workshops throughout the Midwest, and welcomes visitors to her Summer studio and gallery in rural Sister Bay (Door County), Wisconsin. In 2015, Bonnie will open her new Winter studio in Green Valley , Arizona.You can follow her blog at www.bparuch.blogspot.com. She welcomes new friends on facebook.
For as long as I can remember I've been drawing and painting the wonders of nature and life. I'm seduced by the beauty I see around me. My style may be summed up by the words a gentleman spoke to me at a show in Scottsdale, Arizona ,"You paint like a dead Russian!" he said.
I am inspired by color, light, the texture of my paint and the energy of life itself. I strive for clarity of purpose with an economy of means.
When I begin to paint , I ask myself a series of questions. First and foremost, what is the "big" idea and the focus of the work? My central interest and overall concept is often triggered by an emotional reaction. Communicating that emotion and sense of wonder is the driving force in my painting design. I use shapes, values, colors, edges, brushwork and line to share my point of view.
I believe composed is the root or essence of the word composition. It's ironic that a word suggesting stillness and repose is also used to describe the active creative process of making a painting. The many parts of a painting composition; it's design, connected shapes, light and dark values, color harmonies, edges, and atmosphere, are all elements subservient to my intent. My intent can be obvious, a path to a beautiful spot on a canvas, or it can also be mysterious. Often, I create paintings with an undefined pathway for the viewer to discover and travel on their own.
In essence I consider myself a story teller. For me, a successful painting goes beyond recording the facts - a camera can do that. My goal in painting is to create a personal expression filled with emotion, a story left to interpretation.