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"I think of a painting as a stage, with elements playing light and dark characters that may call for special color in the moment. Sometimes trees glow red, or dance. Buildings may brood in the mist."
Bonnie Mincu

Artist's Statement

   My sudden immersion in art at age 40 came as a complete surprise to me. Although art had always interested me as a hobby, I had built my career in business. My life and passion changed dramatically on vacation in Istanbul, in 1995, when I happened upon an artisan's studio. I remained there enthralled for hours, watching doll-makers, potters and craftspeople at work. I left Turkey the next day with an inexplicable burning to create visual art.

   Immediately upon returning home to New York, I immersed myself in oil painting, craving the flow of texture and color. I initially studied privately for several years with a realist painter who taught in the tradition of the old masters and contemporary realism. In finding my own artistic voice, I related most to the style of the early California Impressionists. In 2005, I began painting in a flatter style of distinct shapes.

I begin every painting by determining the feeling of color I want to convey. I work primarily in oil, creating landscapes, genre and still-life.

   Originally from Chicago, I live and work in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

Art Bio


  • Salmagundi Club - Resident Artist Member
  • Oil Painters of America
  • Allied Artists of America
  • Audobon Artists
  • Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club

Juried Exhibitions

  • Friends of the Canal Exhibition - New Hope, PA - June 2006
  • Gold Coast/River North Art Show - Chicago, IL - Aug 2005
  • Salmagundi Club, New York, NY - Members Exhibit - July 2005
  • Virtual Art Fest - www.virtualartfest.com - May-Sept 2004
  • Salmagundi Club, New York, NY - Miniatures Exhibition - Dec 2003
  • Salmagundi Club, New York, NY - Salmagundi Women Artists - Mar 2003
  • Salmagundi Club, New York, NY - Various 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Pen & Brush Club, New York, NY - 2002
  • Casper Artists Guild, Casper, WY - Art Wyo 2002

Juried Shows

  • Art Expo NYC - New York, NY - 2/07
  • Glencoe Art Fair - Glencoe, IL - 7/06
  • Gallery 64 - Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY - 12/05-1/06
  • One of a Kind Show, Chicago, IL - 12/04
  • Gracie Square Outdoor Art Show - New York, NY - 9/04
  • Washington Square Outdoor Art Show, New York, NY - 5 & 12/04
  • Cabrini Medical Center Fundraising Art Auction - New York - 10/03
  • Riverview Gallery One-Woman Show - Portsmouth, VA - 8/03
  • Women in the Arts: Coloring Outside the Lines - Portsmouth, VA - 4/03
  • SoHo Creative - Show for National Women's Month - New York - 3/03
  • NYCArtwork Invitational - New York - 12/02
  • Tannenbaum Suite, Rockefeller Center, New York - One-Woman Show -12/02-2/03
  • Scrips Elixirs "Fruits." New York - One-Woman Show - 1-3/03


Studied at:
  • New York Academy of Art
  • Art Students League
  • Woodstock School of Art
  • New York Studio School
Study / Workshops with:

  • John Burton
  • Kang Cho
  • Ken Auster
  • Margaret Evans
  • Robert Genn
  • David Hollander
  • Tom Lynch
  • Jeanne Mackenzie
  • Joseph Peller
  • Camille Przewodek
  • Stephen Quiller
  • Richard Pionk
  • Dan Thompson
  • Arne Westerman
  • Lois Wooley
  • Hongnian Zhang


  • Howard Gallery, New Hope, PA

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