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Artist Statement:
Influences for me as an artist come from growing up watching old cartoons of animals doing funny human things. Also, William H. Beard, J.J. Grandville and Lawson Wood are artists whose work has inspired me as well.

DuCret School of Art, Parsons School of Design and The Drawing Room are all places in New York City that I have studied at, with concentrations in both illustration and fine art. I was an illustrator in Manhattan for approximately 15 years and have exhibited in prestigious group shows there, such as Salmagundi and the National Arts Club – Allied Artists of America.  I have won awards in both fine art and illustration. After 15 years as an illustrator, I went into the field of developmental disabilities working as an art specialist. Currently, I work part time in medical settings helping at risk youth and children with various medical conditions to express themselves through art.

Sometimes my paintings depict order among the chaos, or display darkly funny themes. One of my great joys is when people look at my artwork and go back for a second look and find things in my paintings that they didn’t see upon their initial viewing.

My artwork is created by sifting through hundreds of photos, usually one photo acting as a catalyst for the surrounding scene. I then lay out a composition which acts as a guide. My paintings are created using tiny paint brushes in order to capture fine details. This technique is referred to as dry brush in watercolors.

Contact Info:
Website: https://www.bonnietgardner.com/

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