"The balance of nature is so delicate. I only hope that through my paintings more people will realize that, unless we do our part, nature won't be here for us to enjoy. I enjoy helping wildlife and nature programs in any way I can."
Bonnie Latham began her art career at a very young age. Inspired by her creative family and their love of the outdoors, she paints nature, landscapes, animals, birds and some portraits. She works in watercolor, acrylic, oil, inks, graphite/charcoal and other mediums. However, watercolors have become her medium of choice. She achieves a unique quality of depth and shape in her work, drawing the viewer into her paintings. Bonnie works in an assortment of sizes and formats, ranging from larger miniature paintings to very small ones rendered less than one square inch.
Bonnie feels driven by her love of the outdoors and wildlife. She is particularly drawn to render raptors and predators in her artwork, though she enjoys painting all wildlife subjects. Her travels have taken her across the U.S. to study wildlife and habitat first hand. Her dedication to environmental conservation is evident in her paintings and drawings.
She spends as much time as possible studying her subjects. Her knowledge of each species is reflected in her artwork. “It’s important to see not just the animal, but the twigs, grass, moss, etc. I try to bring these things into my studio." Through her artwork, Bonnie has raised thousands of dollars for conservation causes and wildlife rehabilitation and is recognized internationally for her talent.
Bonnie's artwork was featured on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2000 Federal Junior Duck Stamp, being selected from 40,000 entries across the U.S. She was named "Artist of the Year" by Minnesota Ducks Unlimited for 2007. She exhibits her work extensively in the U.S. and England. Bonnie is a member of (MIWAS) Marwell International Wildlife Art Society (UK), (TWASI) The Wildlife Art Society International (UK), a signature member of the (SAA) Society of Animal Artists (NYC), (AFC) Artists for Conservation (Canada), (AAA) Allied Artists of America (NYC), (CLWAC) Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (NYC), (AWS) American Watercolor Society (NYC), and (UAN) Untamed Artists Network (AU). Some of her miniature art memberships include the (MASF) Miniature Art Society of Florida, (HS) Hilliard Society of Miniaturists (UK) and the CPA Miniature Artists.
Her numerous art exhibitions include: Arts for the Parks, Art and the Animal (Society of Animal Artists), the Easton Waterfowl Festival, NatureWorks Art Show and Sale, Southern Wildlife Festival, Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit, Whistle Pik Galleries' Christmas Miniature Show, Miller Gallery's' Objects of Desire Miniature Exhibition, Galleries West Fine Art's (Jackson Hole, Wyoming) Fall Roundup and Natural Inspirations -- a three artist show featuring Bonnie and her family as well as their miniature art exhibition Little Jewels, Decoys & Wildlife Gallery's (Frenchtown, New Jersey - near NYC) Fall Show & Shoot (Guest Artist). International Exhibitions of miniature art include The Papermill International Miniature Art Exhibition (receiving an Award of Excellence), The Hilliard Society of Miniaturists Exhibition in Wells (UK) and several others.
Bonnie has also shown in some of the US and Britain’s most prestigious galleries and museums including the Smithsonian, Nature in Art (UK), Hiram Blauvelt Museum, Gilcrease and others. She regularly earns coveted honors for her work in international exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad.
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