"Little Bear" 36" x 18"

Bonner David Galleries is excited to present the works of Comanche artist, Nocona Burgess.  In his upcoming show, “Welcome,” Burgess balances both traditional and contemporary styles in his representations of deceased Native American figures, warriors and cowboys.  Nocona uses loose brushstrokes creating less defined lines, while breaking up space with circles and squares, as this accentuates the image.  These paintings are enriched with history and pride, which is portrayed through the strong facial features, standing pose, and the traditional adornments of the Native American.  We had the pleasure of asking Burgess a few questions about his life to better get-to-know the person behind this amazing collection!

Bonner David Galleries:  In three words, describe your work…

Nocona Burgess:  Painterly, Intrepid, Candid.

BDG:  I know you come from a family of artists and leaders.  In what ways do they inspire your work?

Nocona:  The art side is, I feel, to look around your world and really see it and appreciate it. Also, to interpret it through your eyes, heart and mind. That’s what I get. My mother always says she would like to look at the world through my eyes and see what I see and how I see it. I always liked that.  As far as the “leader,” that’s just the responsibly you have to your people and fellow man. I was raised that a leader is a servant and a person who gives, not one that takes.  My leaders inspire my work in a way to see things around me, pay attention, and to be a good man.

BDG:  Do you have a motto that you live by?  If so, what is it?

Nocona:  This is a snippet from a longer quote which would be my art/work motto: “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work -Chuck Close

And my life motto would be “The Motto” by Langston Hughes

I play it cool
I dig all jive
That’s the reason
I stay alive
My motto
As I live and learn
Is dig and be dug in return

"Looking" 24" x 48"

BDG:  If you can recall the happiest moment in your life, what were you doing?

Nocona:  I was in the hospital watching my son being born into the world. I thought I was going to cry, but when I saw his face I was just happy, smiling and proud of him and his momma!

BDG:  What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Nocona:  From my parents: work everyday; they gave me a strong work ethic. My dad: paint what you know.

"Cuts Off His Enemy" 72" x 48"

BDG:  What do you hope your audience experiences from your work?

Nocona:  I want to draw them in. Maybe they will want to know more about the subject in the painting and, to see the details of the paint. I don’t try to dictate what the viewer feels, but I know that you feel a painting as much as you see it.

BDG:  If you were not an artist, what would you be? 

Nocona:  An architect or a football coach.

Nocona’s work is featured in the March issue os Western Art Collector! To read the entire article, click here

 “Welcome”  debuts March 3rd 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Bonner David Galleries.  Please contact us for additional information art@bonnerdavid.com and view addtional works on our website.

Flower Fields, Cottage Gardens, Sunny Days

"Summertime" 48" x 60"


This year, Bonner David Galleries has the pleasure of presenting Romona Youngquist’s exquisite landscape paintings in her show “Flower Fields, Cottage Gardens, Sunny Days.” This upcoming collection will leave the viewer breathless. The large-scale paintings capture the majestic beauty of Oregon’s most precious natural elements.  Through her use of vivid colors against soft neutral backgrounds, Youngquist creates images of the magnificent seasonal changes of Oregon. 

"Early Summer" 30" x 40"

 Her inspirations come from what she knows best, as she has spent her life studying nature and the environment surrounding her. These close-to-home inspirations help her understand the formula between color and value relationships. Youngquist has captured the quintessential aspects of the Oregon countryside, as she typically paints within a 30 mile radius of her studio. “I’ve been trying to figure what the paths mean in my paintings.  I’ve noticed they are all leading to the object, so I think that means I am happy; the path leads to happiness,” notes Youngquist.  The idea of happiness is unmistakably present in this show. Winding paths leading to quaint country cottages, underneath crystal blue skies brings back nostalgic memories of simple times that are sure to warm the heart.

"Season's Change" 54" x 84"

Please join us on February 24, 2011 from 6-9pm; Meet Romona and enjoy her stunning new works. (View invitation)

 For more information about Youngquist’s work please contact us at 480.941.8500 or via email art@bonnerdavid.com

City Streets and Country Roads

"Atop a Hilliside" 20" x 24" by Claudia Hartley

Claudia Hartley and John Harrell are ringing in the month of love with a combination of beautiful country landscapes and urban city streets. Hartley and Harrell are both familiar with and inspired by the magnificent features of the outdoors. Both of these artists capture a distinct mood in their work. Hartley’s work creates happy moments through her use of bold color, devoid of people. Harrell’s use of light, form and color create everyday life moments of seemingly common places as inherently beautiful experiences.

"Times" 48" x 72" by John Harrell


In anticipation of Hartley and Harrell’s upcoming show beginning February 10th, we had the pleasure to ask each artists a few questions regarding aspects of both of their lives as artists and as people. Here is what we learned:

Bonner David Galleries: What would be your ideal travel destination spot?

John Harrell: Italy. I was just there for 2 weeks. It is magical and unlike everywhere else.

Claudia Hartley: Everywhere! But I’d really like to see Italy & Israel. Sketch in Israel & paint in Tuscany

BDG: Do you prefer the city or the country? Why?

John: I prefer the country because of the smaller feel. I don’t really like the bustle of the city, even though I am an urban landscape artist.

Claudia: I love both for different reasons; the country for painting & artwork and the city for history & art museums.

BDG: Do you have a motto that you live by? If so, what is it?

John: “Glass half full” and always being positive are the mottos I live by.

Claudia: My vacation and my work are on in the same.

BDG: Who and/or what inspires your work?

John: My favorite artist that inspires me is Kim English (an impressionist artist). Also everyday things inspire me, like shadows and steam from a bus… uncontrived things.

Claudia: Matisse, Van Gough, Cezanne, and the Fauves

BDG: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

John: Never give up and follow your dreams

Claudia: Draw, Draw, Draw!

BDG: Aside from painting, what do you do for fun?

John: Workout, lift weights, read, travel, and garden. I am also a bee keeper.

Claudia: Books, bible study, making new friends, traveling, hiking, walking on the beach.

Please join us on February 10, 2011 from 6-9pm and enjoy the stunning new works of Claudia Hartley and John Harrell.
Don’t miss Hartley & Harrell’s feature article in the February issue of American Art Collector (Hartley & Harrell article)
For more information about Hartley or Harrell’s work please contact us at 480.941.8500 or via email at art@bonnerdavid.com