Holiday Treasures

It’s the holiday season again and Downtown Scottsdale Artwalk is getting in the holiday spirit, too with a special “Holiday Treasures Artwalk.” To celebrate in our own way, Bonner David galleries will have an opening for our small works show. The show will include small works by many of our gallery artists, perfect little treasures to take home or surprise that special someone for the holidays.

Among the new pieces, there will be a collection of precious little Liz Tran mixed media works, of georgeous little dresses; each piece with a personality of its own.

Landscape artist, Claudia Hartley, will also being hanging new works for the occasion. Stunning scenes of her travels to Jerome and Sedona, these pieces brim with vibrant color and exciting scenes of nature’s wonders.

Jane Jones, known for her striking floral still lifes, will showcase two new works on Dec. 6th. Painted with keen precision, her “Summer Sweets” I and II, are beautiful gems, of glittering glass, delictiable desserts and her classic elegant flowers.

Also, at our Holiday Treasures Show, Dyana Hessen will deature her “12 ‘Dy’s’ of Christmas, a series of 12 miniature paintings of beautiful rose close-ups. The inspiriation for the series came from the history of Christmas itself.


The 12 “Dy’s” of Christmas: 12   5×5 oil on panel paintings of roses, celebrating the tradition of giving.

 The 12 Days of Christmas were declared a religious holiday throughout Europe in 562.  The holiday was celebrated from Christmas Day, December 25th until Epiphany on January 6th. (Epiphany was the day that the three kings were thought to have visited the Christ Child with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.)  The 12 days were a time of feasting, giving gifts and celebration.  The “Lord of mischief” was a local man hired by the village to organize parties and manage a group of village men to sing and give small gifts at night.  Later, the industrial revolution squelched the luxury of celebrating for 12 days, and so Christmas evolved into a one day holiday.

These little paintings are meant to bring the joy of the Christmas season to you.

Take one home, or give one as a gift. When you marvel at the miraculous ways the folds and curves of the petals conceal its seeds, think about the first Christmas night and how the folds of swaddling clothes concealed the savior of the world.

 Peace, Joy, and Love to you this and every Christmas,


With all these, plus works from Gail Morris, Nate Ronniger, Melissa Peck, Michael Carson, Eric boos, Carol Redmond and Eric Bowman, it is bound to be an exciting show to start off our holiday season. So come out to the gallery on Thrusday, December 6th from 6-9pm to see all these beatiful treasures for yourself and maybe even make one yours.

“The Most Moving Still Life”


"It's Still Life"


 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:        

"Sunset", Jane Jones

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!            

"Cobalt Teapot and Cherries", Richard Williams


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.         

"Rhododendrons, Peach and Blue", Cary Ennis

 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.