Bonnie Carter

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I am an experimental artist working with thin acrylic glazes on paper, canvas, Mylar, and panel. My methods include poured, dripped, and drizzled acrylic paint together with acrylic ink, watercolor, watercolor crayons, pastels, charcoal powder, collage, or oil bar. I love color and the tactile qualities of paint, and like to incorporate texture using a variety of tools. Wendy Lockhart of D.T. Gallery, Atlanta said of my work, “...Bonnie’s work is inspired by her deep appreciation of nature, and while many of her works are suggestive of landscapes, they are by no means representational. Instead, they gesture toward the essence of various environments: rocky mountains, swirling seas, barren deserts.”

I have been painting seriously since 1973 and, although I have taken art classes and several workshops from regional artists, I do not have an art degree. Consequently, I have read everything I could on the subjects of color theory and perspective. Artists who have influenced me are Atlanta artist Edith Hill Smith, Jasper Johns, Rothko, and Agnes Martin.


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about the artist

I am an experimental artist working with thin acrylic glazes on paper, canvas, Mylar, and panel. My methods include poured, dripped, and drizzled acrylic paint together with acrylic ink, watercolor, watercolor crayons, pastels, charcoal powder, collage, or oil bar. I love color and the tactile qualities of paint, and like to incorporate texture using a variety of tools. Wendy Lockhart of D.T. Gallery, Atlanta said of my work, “...Bonnie’s work is inspired by her deep appreciation of nature, and while many of her works are suggestive of landscapes, they are by no means representational. Instead, they gesture toward the essence of various environments: rocky mountains, swirling seas, barren deserts.”

I have been painting seriously since 1973 and, although I have taken art classes and several workshops from regional artists, I do not have an art degree. Consequently, I have read everything I could on the subjects of color theory and perspective. Artists who have influenced me are Atlanta artist Edith Hill Smith, Jasper Johns, Rothko, and Agnes Martin. I have taught art classes at the elementary school level as a volunteer, and given demonstrations for local organizations.

I live in Atlanta and aboard a trawler my husband and I cruise from Canada to Mexico. I have been privileged to travel extensively for the past 25 years, and the memories of what I have seen and experienced have ultimately been translated into these abstract paintings, which I hope convey the joy I feel when I work.

My current series, “Reflections on Nature” comprises nearly 50 pieces to date. My work is held in private and corporate collections in the U.S., England, Taiwan, and China. I participate in international and regional juried competitions. In 2006, 2007 and 2010 I was juried into a book entitled American Art Collector, published by Alcove Books of Oakland, California. I was recently selected by the Amoena Corporation as this year’s artist to create a commemorative piece for breast cancer awareness.


exhibitions

  • June 12, 2010, ART-B-QUE, Franklin Street, Avondale Estates, GA
  • April 2010, Invitational, Alliance Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
  • March 2010, ’Gala 2010,’ Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA
  • March 2010, One Woman Show, Cutting Edge Gallery and Framing, Avondale Estates, GA
  • December 13, 2009, Little Tree Gallery & Studios Holiday Show, Avondale Estates, GA
  • November, 11-15, 2009, Invitational, Alliance Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
  • September, 25, 2009, Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • July 2009, ”Canvas Project”, Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, Atlanta, GA
  • June 2009, Art-B-Que, Avondale Estates GA
  • April 2009, Stone Soup Gallery, Key West FL, Melissa Trader, Director
  • February 2009, Railway Arts District Art Walk, Avondale Estates GA
  • November 2008, invitational, Art Gotham, New York City, Kimberly Salib, Director
  • March 2008, invitational, Art Gotham, New York City, Kimberly Salib, Director
  • September 2007, invitational, Art Gotham, New York City, Kimberly Salib, Director
  • April 2007, invitational, Art Gotham, New York City, Kimberly Salib, Director
  • March 2007, one woman show, Arts’ Around Gallery, Circleville, OH, Amy Cooper, Curator
  • January 2007-March 2007, one woman show, Carpe Diem, Atlanta, GA
  • January 2007 - March 2007, one woman show, Starbucks on the Square, Decatur, GA
  • December 2006, one-woman show, Sycamore Place Gallery, Atlanta GA, Sylvia Cross, Curator
  • September 2006, invitational one-woman show, ’Reflections on Nature,’ Genema Gallery, Atlanta GA, Suzy Schultz, Curator
  • January 2006, Island Accents, Key West, FL
  • September 2006-January 2007, Winterthur Gallery, Atlanta GA, Ron Lee, Curator
  • August 2005, one woman show, DT Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Wendy Lockhart, Curator
  • May 2005, Decatur Art Walk, Sycamore Place Gallery, Sylvia Cross, curator
  • April 2, 2005, ’Art Show & Open House’ Great Frame Up, Douglasville, GA
  • March 2005, ’Gala 2005,’ Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA
  • Dec 2004-Feb 2005, ‘From Bennett Street to Green Street,’ Invitational, Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • Sept - Nov 2004, Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts, Tallulah Falls, GA
  • May 2003-May 2005, Trio at TULA, Atlanta, GA
  • December 2002, PWA group show, Cultural Arts Council, Douglasville, GA
  • October 2002, group show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA
  • August 2002, Georgia Watercolor Society, Roswell, GA, Charles Harrington, juror
  • July 2002-Jan 2003, Abstract Art Exhibition, DeFoor Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA, David Mendosa, Director
  • March 2002, group show, ’Reflections’ Chastain Art Center, Atlanta, GA
  • December 2001, Galerie Vendome, Atlanta, GA, Guillaume Slama, Curator
  • September 2001, Galerie Vendome, Atlanta, GA, Guillaume Slama, Curator
  • September 2000, two-person show, ’Voyage’ D. Miles Gallery, Decatur, GA
  • May 2000, group show, Woodenhead Gallery, Key West, FL
  • February 2000, Old Island Days Art Festival, Key West, FL
  • January 2000, group show, Woodenhead Gallery, Key West, FL
  • October 1999, Ruth Hall Hodges Art Gallery, Morris Brown College, ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors: Artwork 2000,’, Kevin Cole, juror
  • May 1999, Decatur Arts Festival Artists’ Market, Decatur, GA
  • March 1999, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, juried exhibition
  • January 1999, four-man show, ‘Contemporary Visions’ D. Miles Gallery, Decatur, GA
  • May 1998, group show, Gulf State Park Resort, Gulf Shores, AL
  • January 1998, group show, Gulf State Park Resort, Gulf Shores, AL
  • December 1998, IVAC Exhibition, City Hall East Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • September 1997, members’ exhibition, Georgia Watercolor Society, Jean Grasdorf, juror
  • August 1997, Atlanta Artists’ Center Galleria Gallery, ‘Visions’
  • May 1997, cover artist AACTION Magazine, Atlanta, GA
  • September 1996, one-man show, Church of the Atonement Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • April 1996, Atlanta Artists’ Center Grandview Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • March 1996, two-man show, Gulf State Park Resort, Gulf Shores, AL
  • January 1996, three-man show, Emory University Cancer Clinic, Decatur, GA
  • November 1995, Atlanta Artists’ Center Grandview Gallery, Jean Williams, juror
  • September 1995, Atlanta Artists’ Center Grandview Gallery, Alan Avery, juror

awards

  • February 2010, Award of Distinction from Amoena Corporation, Munich Germany - invitation to create breast cancer awareness artwork
  • January 2007, Award of Distinction from Alcove Books - invitation for inclusion in their book, American Art Collector, published August, 2007
  • January 2005, Award of Distinction from Alcove Books - invitation for inclusion in their book,
    American Art Collector, published May 2005
  • January 1999, Award of Distinction from First Union Capital Management for inclusion in their artists’ exhibition program
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