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Romantic Realist Jeanne Bonine is known for her soft and lush larger-than-life floral paintings. Although her early works of the ’70s were executed in oils, Bonine soon discovered the challenge of transparent watercolor. It became the medium of her choice as she learned through the years to master the “purist” techniques and the art of controlled freedom.
She began to self-publish her works in 1986 as limited edition lithographs and later evolved to the newer method of giclee printing, releasing over 100 of her works within a twenty-five year span.
In 1994, after being treated for Stage III breast cancer, Bonine began to write prose and poetry, creatively revealing her idealist beliefs. The art of inspiring has become the essence of Bonine’s paintings and writings.
Jeanne’s paintings can be found in US galleries and in collectors’ homes and offices throughout the world. Her works have been featured on Northwest Airlines wine and food menus, in articles of Southwest Art and Phoenix Home and Garden magazines, and at the Phippen Museum of Art and Desert Caballero Western Museum, “Cowgirl Up!”. In Arizona, they also adorn the walls of Hilton Mesa, Camelback Spa, Mayo Clinic and the State Capitol. “Inspirations of Timeless Beauty”, a 122 page coffee- table book also features Bonine’s work, prose, philosophy and inspiring life story .
Always looking for a creative challenge, Bonine recently returned to her roots of working in oil adding these paintings and their reproductions on canvas to her body of work.
A former native and resident of St. Paul, Minnesota, Bonine made the Southwest her home in 1994. Surrounded by subtle beauty and luminescent light, Jeanne finds the Sonoran Desert a vital part of her inspiration and well-being. Her studio in north Scottsdale is open by appointment, should you have the opportunity to visit.