I am fascinated by the field of infinite possibilities presented through the process of creativity. When I work, I draw from an intuitive realm and seek to alchemize the inner beauty of spontaneous mark making into imagery, form and purpose. By exploring playful wisdom through my intuitive approach, I gain a better understanding of myself and the universe around me. Through the creation process, I inspire curiosity and contribute visual grace.
The subject of my work develops from abstraction. Often, female figures and portraits appear in my artwork. I enjoy rendering the figure and showing emotion and movement through the representation of women. My female representations convey truth, strength, emotion and vulnerability. Other imagery that may emerge includes animals and flowers. Both of these end up being symbols for conceptual aspects of the work. Sometimes, the work remains abstract as the elements of art and mark making are representation enough.
I start with an experience of inspiration that helps connect me to a deep inner knowing. This experience may be the analysis of a poem, tarot reading, music, walk in nature, or any other intentional activity meant to generate intuitive interpretation. Then I approach the “blank page” and begin adding color, marks, shape and texture. The beginning of the work is an intentional processing of an experience and often symbols, marks, and colors become representative of ideas and inquiries. Sometimes the work remains a complete abstraction and sometimes recognizable forms emerge. When forms do emerge, the amount of detail will depend on the intention of the piece.
As an artist and educator with over twenty years of art experience, I use art as a way to integrate and inspire intuition, mindfulness, playfulness and loveliness. I capture my work through a variety of mixed media including painting, art journaling, intuitive drawing, and many other inspired means of reflecting the artistry around me. I also use my creative wisdom to inspire the creative practices of others having taught ten years as a professional art educator and five years as a creative workshop leader.
I believe that appreciating beauty in art and in the world around us is evidence that we are living a truly magical existence.
See more of my artwork, process and creative workshop opportunities on FaceBook @Kelly Beth Bonsall or on Instagram @kellybeth17
Recent Shows and Exhibitions
- “Muse”, Musea, Sonoma, CA, March 2019
- "When Pigs Fly" Group Show, Studio 180, Santa Rosa, CA, March 2019 - June 2019
- Community Group Show, Rohnert Park Library, Rohnert Park, CA, March 2019
- "Poetry Paintings" Solo Show, Fogbelt Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA, July 2018
- Local Artists Group Show, Agent Ink Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, December 2017 - January 2018