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!