Bonnie gratified a long standing and unquenchable desire to paint when she began study under Kent Goodliffe at Utah Valley University (1986) for two years and then branched out into workshops. Countless trips to examine paintings at galleries and museums amidst hours of practice rounded out Conrad’s education. She experimented with pastels and watercolors but her medium of choice became oils and a painterly style, skillful use of color and scintillating light became hallmarks of her work. Her subject is the West.
Ranch manager and cowboy poet husband, Roger, and Bonnie have lived on several ranches throughout the West and have called Montana, Nevada, Washington, Utah, Wyoming and Texas home at various times. Years of living on ranches have supplied a wealth of information about the Western way of life. Conrad wishes the art enthusiast to hear the drumbeat and feel the exuberance radiating from a dancing Indian child, to experience the tenderness of a mother-child relationship, or to feel the wooliness of a cowboy who is wilder than the horse he’s on.
As a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), American Women Artists (AWA) and American Plains Artists (APA), Bonnie values her acceptance in the highly competitive world of art. Bonnie Conrad’s studio, Windance Fine Art, is now located in St. George, Utah near the singular red rock area of scenic southern Utah.