Artist Bonnie Zahn Griffith

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The Artist Says:

"Over time I have become a plein air painter.  It is a passion and a challenge to create work outdoors.  There is nothing like painting plein air...you are immersed in your subject; living it; breathing it."    

Other Artists Say:

"Bonnie’s work has brought to life the colors and images of the U.S. Her use of bright, warm colors intensifies all of her work and makes it very powerful to the viewer. She has definitely inspired me to pursue pastels as a medium and will no doubt continue making beautiful work for many years. " ~Tina Lamens


I am an artist of the western landscape, working in oils and pastels. This rich pigments of pastel and oil allows me to create paintings that have the brilliance and the bold color we see in the landscapes of the in the western United States, giving me unlimited options to create.   These mediums allow me to bring depth and texture, light and mood into my paintings.  My goal is to create work that draw the viewer in to experience and imagine the time of day, the temperature, the sounds, the smells. I want the viewer to experience the work and get lost in it – if only for a moment.  My love of the landscape prompts me to paint it.  I look for a story to tell when I look at the sagebrush hills, the lush river lands, the wheat fields, the intense greens of spring in rich mountain valleys and the ever changing colors of the desert.  My mediums allow me to tell that story with strong color and intensity.  If I have been able to create a piece that brings the viewer to experience that...then I have done my job.
As a child of artist parents, I grew up on a ranch near the Missouri Breaks in central Montana. We lived in a remote area and that allowed for a lot of self-directed entertainment - drawing, painting, reading, horseback riding and daily ranch chores.   I was a self-proclaimed artist at age 5, getting into my mother's paints and paper, and create I did.  Landscape shapes, texture and color were observed and studied.  Famous artists like Russell, O’Keefe and Payne were favorite sources of reference.  I don't remember ever being "bored" because there was always something to do that interested me!  Pretty much all of that stuck with me through a career in Radiology Sciences; [...]

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