Artist ProfileBonnie McGee
Yampa Valley Gold
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Although Bonnie McGee has painted all her life, attending summer classes at the Art Institute of Chicago at age nine, she began to paint full time in 1999 after attending the Plein Air Painters of America workshop in Steamboat Springs. She has studied with Albert Handel, Tucker Smith, Kevin MacPherson, Quang Ho and most recently, Scott Christensen.
McGee draws on a lifetime of experiences in her artwork: she has circumnavigated the globe via Panama and South Africa in her 33 ft. sailboat, summited 29 of Colorado’s “Fourteeners,” run four half marathons, and lived in the British Virgin Islands. She is a passionate powder skier, fly fisher, and endurance horse rider. Her artwork reflects all these passions, but her favorite subject matter captures her love of wild places, and the serenity she feels in a grand landscape. Painting slows her down, allowing her to stand quietly observant to the beauty around her.
AWARDS AND EXHIBITS
2014 BEST of SHOW "Convergence" 12x16 plein air
Plein Air Artists of Colorado Abend Gallery Denver
2014 Telluride Plein Air
2014 Solo Show Circle Seven Fine Art
2013 Artwork selected for the cover of STEAMBOAT GUIDE
Plein Air Artists of Colorado National Show at Abend Gallery, Denver, CO.
Received the Special Award for Excellence in Oil Painting at the
Moab Plein Air Event
Selected to Participate in the Albin Polachek Plein Air Event in
Winter Park, Florida
2012 “Winter Carnival Traffic Jam” selected for cover of Winter Carnival Guide
Featured Artist Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat
2010 Steamboat Art Museum Inaugural Show
2008 Represented by the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat
Nomadas Del Arte, Santa Fe, NM
Artwork selected for inaugural cover of the Steamboat Gallery Guide.
2006 Estes Park Plein Air Third Place Show Award
SSAC Member Show
2005 Estes Park Plein Air
2004 Summer Art SSAC
Solo show Sleeping Giant Gallery
Estes Park Plein Air Cultural Arts Center Gallery
2003 Estes Park Plein Air 2003 Earthwood Gallery
2002 COLA Benefit
2001 Duo-artist show with Sculptor Wayne Salge SSAC
2001 Second Place Professional Oil, Craig Art Center
1999 Winterworks Steamboat Springs Arts Council
2000 Small Works Gallery Invitational - First Place award
Member Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Women Artists of America