Bonner David’s first show of the season, “It’s Still Life”, will feature seven noted still life artists; Jane Jones, Cary Ennis, John Schieffer, Nate Ronniger, Richard Williams, George Gonzalez, and Jan Saia, all who bring flavor and brilliance to the term “still life.” Each artist captures something quite special and moving in their paintings. John Schieffer’s marbles look so shiny and realistic that it seems you could just reach out and take them! Nate Ronniger uses major contrast in color and dimension that captures your eye instantly. Cary Ennis’ paintings are both delicate and powerful at the same time. Both George Gonzalez and Jan Saia elevate still life to its classical form.
We had the opportunity to learn about the artistic process of Jane Jones, Richard Williams, and Cary Ennis:
You paint all sorts of different flowers, is there a particular flower that you enjoy painting most?
Jane Jones: I am usually in love with the flowers that I am painting at any given time; I paint flowers that will more clearly communicate the important qualities of power and fragility.
Where did the idea for the horizontal lines come from?
JJ: I have been photographing the ideas for the “stripe” paintings for several years. During the last year though, I have had opportunities to paint and show this new body of work. I love the crisp geometry of the stripes and find that they are an interesting and energizing addition to my paintings, and the geometry of the stripes enhances the organic qualities of the flowers.
You spend so much time around flowers and gardens, what is the most beautiful garden you have visited?
JJ: The Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the very best botanical gardens I have ever visited, but if I had to chose one on earth to spend the rest of my life it would be Keukenhof Gardens near Leiden in Holland. If there is a heaven on Earth, it is there!! Just thinking about it I am ready to plan another trip!
Do you think your still lifes captures something special because they are miniature?
Dick Williams: Of course! What I paint just doesn’t work larger. If you can put that punch in such a small place then that’s all you need.
How did you start painting miniatures?
DW: I saw a brochure from a teacher at the Scottsdale Artist School and she was going to teach a class on miniatures, I didn’t take the class, I just thought, “Hell, I can do that.” I read a little about the technique and started painting.
Are you inspired by certain objects?
DW: Definitely! The blue of a vase is always exciting, the way the lights hits objects. If I am outside I like to paint on the spot.
What are your inspirations for staging your still lifes?
Cary Ennis: From patterns of light and shadow or some color combination or shape. Sometimes from walking through the yard or into a grocery store and seeing flowers or some unexpected combination of colors in fruits or vegetables that catch my eye.
How long does it take you to set up before you knw when it’s right to paint?
CE: There is no knowing how long it will take to set something up. Sometimes it is very obvious and flows quickly into a finshes set-up, other times it can take days to get everything to feel right. It is ready when I fall in love with what I see.
The show will hang from September 22- October 12. Make sure to come to the opening Thursday September 22 from 7-9 p.m.