LaDuke & Shapiro | “Reminisce”

"Ribbons" Robert LaDuke acrylic on panel

“Ribbons” | Robert LaDuke | acrylic on panel

Robert LaDuke and Karen Shapiro are two artists that are fond of things past. LaDuke paints old-fashioned cars and antique airplanes that take you back to a simpler time. Shapiro recreates pop icons from 30s to 50s, like retro-style Clinique lipstick and Heinz ketchup bottles. LaDuke and Shapiro want to remind people of their roots. Whether that’s a small town with simpler ways to travel, or growing up while playing with mom’s Revlon Mascara and helping dad finish off his Coke. While both artists are making sure that you’re still thinking about the good ol’ days, they have very different techniques.

LaDuke paints using vibrant acrylics that really draw you into the scene. His subjects – typically a retro form of transportation – are in front of other, small-town icons, like a local diner or an old-fashioned house. Shapiro, on the other hand, uses raku ceramic, a traditional form of ceramics that involves reducing the amount of oxygen in the firing process to give things a unique look.

7-Up Can

“7-Up Can” | Karen Shapiro | raku ceramic

LaDuke and Shapiro’s artist reception will take place on April 7, during the “Spring into the Arts” ArtWalk, from 6-9pm. Both shows will be up from then until April 25th. Make sure you stop in between now and then to see this colorful, filled-with-personality show.

Southwest ArtWalk featuring Claudia Hartley

HAR572Claudia Hartley is an artist who is always on the move. For her upcoming show, “Across the Country” well-known colorist exhibits her latests work as she trekked from South Carolina to Arizona, sketching as she passed through each state. Her distinctive, vibrant works catalogue her travels throughout the country. With this show, one thing is for sure: no matter the scenery, Claudia Hartley is ready to give you her own colorful persepctive.

Hartley’s upcoming exhibition will make it’s debut on Thursday, February 18th, with an opening reception from 6-9pm. Make sure you stop by the gallery and take your favorite of her latest works home.

Return to the Desert | Celebrating 25 Years of Paintings by Dyana Hesson

"I Left My Heart in Santa Barbara" oil on canvas  36" x 36"

“I Left My Heart in Santa Barbara”
oil on canvas
36″ x 36″

Bonner David Galleries is proud to be working with the The Desert Botanical Garden to present “Return to the Desert, Celebrating 25 Years of Paintings by Dyana Hesson,” a retrospective exhibition celebrating Dyana Hesson, one of the Southwest’s most beloved botanical artists. The exhibition will showcase the evolution of her original works as they return to the desert for this special occasion from January 29 to May 22, 2016.

Hesson is known for her vibrant, detailed paintings of botanicals ranging from roses, hibiscus, orchids, bromeliads, succulents to cactus flowers. Her technique creates beautifully illuminated paintings that truly celebrate her desert subjects. Hesson remarks, “When I paint something, what I try to hold in my mind if the moment that I saw it – looking through the lens on my camera or walking on the path and seeing it – the finished product reflects that initial beautiful moment.”

Hesson, who has been inspired by the Desert Botanical Garden for the entirety of her 25 years of painting as a fine artist, is particularly excited about this show because “Revisiting desert plants in my work is like coming home from a vacation.” She marvels at the twists and turns of the agave, the colorful hues within succulents. Botanicals are her favorite subjects, “I want to honor the Desert Botanical Gardens and highlight what inherently grows here.”

With an impressive list of over thirty juried shows and prizes, Hesson is exhibited nationwide and loved by all. Her show will be hanging in the Ottosen Gallery at the Desert Botanical Gardens until May 22nd. While you’re there, be sure you explore the richness of the desert and take home a painting that captures the scene in a way only Dyana Hesson can.


Joseph Lorusso | “Scenes From the City”

Nationally known figurative artist Joseph Lorusso will have his debut show with Bonner David Galleries on Thursday, January 21, from 6-9pm. His paintings depict the natural beauty, intrigue, and romance of urban life. “As with any new work, I am interested in the reaction from the viewer. My work is mostly narrative in nature – the viewer’s interpretation is meaningful,” Joseph says. “These works have an edginess and ephemeral quality that I’ve been having fun exploring.” With this show, Lorusso is venturing into cityscapes, trying to keep them loose yet atmospheric and powerful.

Although he is not a stranger to Scottsdale, Lorusso is eager to exhibit his latest body of work in a new setting.  Collectors will recognize his poignant, familiar style and should be delighted to experience his insights into the simplicity and complexity of everyday relationships. His show will be hanging in our gallery from January 21 to February 9, so make sure you stop in between now and then to take your favorite piece of his home!

January Featured Artists | Gail Morris & David Gordon

Gordon - Glass 12

David Gordon

Morris - Blue Kisses

Gail Morris

January’s featured artists, Gail Morris and David Gordon, are masters at using colors in a way you never could have imagined. Morris, who works primarily with the landscapes of the Western United States, creates beautifully minimalistic pieces that are both traditional in subject but contemporary in abstractedness. The images of her landscapes can be reduced down to just a few clean lines, rich with color. In conjunction with Morris, this month we are also featuring David Gordon, who uses colors to bring his sculptural glass pieces to life.  Gordon uses a special type of low-optic glass that allows his pigments to appear the exact color he originally mixed. Both Gordon and Morris have a very unique style and we are very happy to be featuring them for the month. Stop by the gallery before the end of the month to make sure you’re able to add your favorite of their paintings to your collection!

Ellen: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice

ellen-book-front-coverEllen Skidmore has always had trouble communicating. Her speech impediment prevented her from expressing herself, which lead to a lot of sadness for a long time. Ellen said, “All my life I have had great difficulty trying to understand the underlying nature of my existence. For a long time, I looked outside myself for connection, direction and validation. I searched and struggled with this until I could go on no more and felt my spirit was broken.”

In college, Skidmore started looking into art therapy and found a professor who really challenged her. She found that painting was the place where she was at peace. “Part of the painting process is to paint your pain and it somehow morphs into beauty,” Ellen explains, “I could paint something really sad and someone could say ‘oh my god, that just makes me so happy.'” Ellen found happiness in painting, and she really wanted to share that with people.

When thinking of how she could share her own story of accepting herself, she thought about creating a children’s book. “My own story came out in a flurry,” she remembers, “Making the book was a labor of love and it’s been very cathartic.”

Ellen wants her own story to inspire children to be more accepting of themselves. She said, “I’m just really hopeful that it will be inspiring to children, and girls especially, I want them to be captain of their own ship.” Writing her book, Ellen was able to reflect on how painting has changed her own view of herself.

Ellen is debuting a new show this week with an opening reception on Thursday, December 17th, from 6-9pm. We are so excited to see her book and her latest works on display at our gallery! You can learn more about Ellen and her remarkable story through this video.

“Eau My Goodness”

Peregrine Heathcote "Thunderball"

Peregrine Heathcote

“Eau My Goodness” is exactly what you’re going to be exclaiming when you see the latest of Peregrine Heathcote’s work. His work is reminiscent of a time before him – with old models of cars and planes paired with vintage-style clothing. “I love to see the design and craftsmanship and am intrigued by the histories of these objects, boats, planes and cars from the 1950s to 1970s,” Heathcote explains, “It’s a form of nostalgia as escapism. I would like to invite the viewer to somewhere else.”

His newest works focus more on water-scenes. From taking photographs on a beach to boating in the middle on a lake, water is front and center in this appropriately-named show. “I am inspired by the water,” Heathcote says, simply. “I work in a converted garage amidst a beach wood on the side of a hill.” He pulls from the view he has and puts that into his art.

In Heathcote’s paintings of glamour and luxury, there is a classic attraction in the details. His works have a feel of perfection to them; every color chosen and every stroke of the brush have been carefully thought out.

You can look forward to Heathcote’s opening reception this Thursday, December 3rd from 6-9pm where you’ll get the first viewing of Heathcote’s latest work to add to your collection. For a sneak peak, here’s the show catalog. The show will be on display in the gallery from December 3rd to 24th. Until then, watch this video for a glimpse into Heathcote’s style and process and feel free to take a look at the show catalog

Nefariousness: Michael Carson Solo Show

Michael Carson "Above"  20" x 16"

Michael Carson
20″ x 16″

In “Nefariousness,” Michael Carson’s most recent show, the figures in each piece exude confidence and attitude as if they’re saying, quite blatantly, “we don’t care what you think of us.” Their self-assurance is magnetic; you find yourself staring at them, thinking about what their lives could be like. Carson draws his subjects from pictures that models send or pictures that he finds. Poise and intrigue are all-too-natural to them, and he loves using them as subjects in his work since they have just the right amount of attitude.

Carson pushed past his comfort zone in this show, adding facial expressions to a few pieces and balancing tension with a calm in others. While Carson is globally known for his cool, attractive figures, in this show he added a new depth to them by contrasting reds with his well-known muted palette. Carson’s newest works are more popular than ever. He was featured in Kate Spade’s Blog, Behind the Curtain, and Elusive Magazine, where they interviewed him.

The reception for Nefariousness took place on November 19th and was a huge hit. People were packed into the gallery, eager to take a look at these stunning paintings. The show will be hanging until December 8th. Make sure you stop by the gallery soon so that you’re able to purchase your favorite piece from this the startlingly attractive show for your own private collection!

American Women Artists 25th Anniversary Celebration

AWA blog post copyBonner David Galleries is proud to host the American Women Artists 2015 Annual Masters & Signatures Member Show, marking the 25th anniversary of the nonprofit. The Silver Anniversary celebration show will feature over 100 different pieces of art by numerous female artists around the country. The show will be on display from November 12-30th.

Local artist Joni Falk, one of American Women Artists founding members and an artist in the show this year, is grateful for the opportunities that the organization has given her to exhibit her work in a traditionally male-dominated genre. “American Women Artists is incredibly influential; every show adds credibility to an artist and because of what American Women Artists did in those early years there are now more and more shows open to women artists,” says Falk.

For the last 25 years, American Women Artists has kept true to their mission to inspire, encourage, and celebrate art by women artists. Please join us in this amazing celebration on November 12 from 6-9pm during the Fall for the Arts ArtWalk.

Click here to view the AWA Catalog 2015.

Scottdale’s Anniversary ArtWalk Exhibition:

“Away from Here” | Max Hammond


“The Watcher” | 16″ x 20″ | oil on panel

Bonner David Galleries is excited to be featuring a solo show and artist reception will debut during the Anniversary ArtWalk on October 22nd, from 6-9pm. The show, featuring Max Hammond, who is been with us for more than 10 years, is titled, “Away From Here.”

In this series, Hammond draws from his dreams to create his abstract scenes. He says, “I find myself pausing at dream memories, having to remind myself they are dream memories and not something that really happened.” His paintings have a hazy, dreamlike quality to them that allow you to feel as if you’re in his dreams with him. “Most dreams are forgotten quickly, but sometimes a dream will come along with such vividness that it sears memories as clear as waking images. I feel as though I’ve met some of these imaginary people.”

Hammond paints his abstracts through layers, often during 6-10 different painting sessions. He plays off each session, sometimes enriching previous layers, sometimes adding a layer that opposes the previous, balancing and pushing limits of previous layers. Contrast is where he has made his home for this show, with more texture and saturation against chromatic grey.

Hammond’s pieces for his solo show are vivid and stunning. The range in color in his work is a testament to how vibrant he wants these scenes to be. The images, although abstract, allow you to step right into them and feel the scene, as if you were really there. Hammond’s solo show will be on display from October 22 – November 17, 2015.

Click “Attending” on the event page for more details and sneak peaks to come!