Claudia Hartley: The Emotional Potency of Color

“From Sunrise to Moonrise”
Claudia Hartley
February 6-February 18, 2020

Special Artist Reception:
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Bonner David Galleries
Call 480-941-8500 or Email for more details

Claudia Hartley’s

paintings are incredibly “happy.” They are also undoubtedly colorful. Her landscapes are an unrestrained celebration of life and nature. Originally from the South, Claudia Hartley now lives in Arizona and paints the desert. Her work has the structure of traditional, idealized landscapes, but with an entirely contemporary aesthetic (staccato brushworks and non naturalistic, expressive colors).

Hartley considers herself a fauvist, synthesizing the techniques of pointillism and post-impressionism. She mostly applies her masterful skills to depict landscapes of the Southwest. Her paintings are an hyphen between impressionism and abstraction in which color is completely set free. In tune with nature, Claudia Hartley uses intense color as a vehicle for representing mood, light, and space. She has mastered the emotional potency of color, and her paintings convey both passion and happiness.

Claudia Hartley is featured in the February issue of the American Art Collector and Phoenix Home & Garden magazine.

Claudia Hartley (artwork image) “Grand Canyon Moonglow” 60”x48” acrylic on canvas $7,200

Romona Youngquist “Back to the Country”

Garden Path 40x40

Romona Youngquist’s work can be recognized by the picturesque barns and country houses, bright pops of color, and strong brushstrokes that make up her idyllic country scenes. The works from her newest show are no exception, allowing you to travel from the congestion of city life, to the serenity of the country.

Although Youngquist uses her surroundings in Oregon as a primary inspiration, each scene feels timeless and place-less, as if it could be right out a story book, or your favorite memory of home. The tension in her deliberate, impressionistic brushstrokes resolves within the serene images of rural fields and barns, resulting in a dramatic landscape full of tension, intrigue and beauty.

Her show will open on February 20, 2014 with a special artists reception from 6-9 pm. The show will then hang in the gallery through March 17th. Be sure to stop by and see these wonderful works in person, before it’s too late.

Romona Youngquist “Complex Simplicity”

Climbers_and_OldFashions-40x60The stunning landscapes of Romona Youngquist have always demonstrated a beautiful blend of crisp detail and vivid color with the soft, delicate grays of the shadows. The canvasses are brought to life through her complex technique and masterful use of her brushes, palette knives and paint. This year for her show opening on February 21, from 6-9pm, she is focusing on simplifying her work, causing it to take on more impressionistic qualities and an intriguing combination of drama and quiet.

Inspired by the Oregon scenery which surrounds her, each painting has an architectural focal point, be it a barn, an old house or a little garden shed, which is intended to give you the sense of home. As a child, Romona feared the idea of being homeless and though that is no longer a fear of hers, she still finds comfort and inspiration in scenes that remind her of home.

Her romantic landscapes, each with a beautiful narrative, will be on display through March 20 in the gallery. Come and see the breathtaking world of Romona Youngquist for yourself and enjoy the enchanting scenes.

Please visit our website to see new works by Romona Youngquist, or follow this link to view the PDF of the show brochure: RomonaYoungquist2013ComplexSimplicity

Romona Youngquist “Through the Trees”

Currently hanging in Bonner David galleries, are the exquisite works of nationally-recognized landscape artist, Romona Youngquist. With fields of poppies, rustic barns, and hillside pastures, each scene takes you away to the serene sights of the Oregon countryside. Ranging in sizes from full wall size to small, her paintings fill a room creating a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere.

On Thursday evening, March 1, we hosted the opening of Youngquist’s show.  Here to reveal her newest paintings, Youngquist traveled, with her husband, to attend the show. Full of life and vibrancy, she was thrilled to see the fruits of her labors framed and displayed throughout the gallery. Each piece was a hit, stealing glances and hearts of everyone in attendance. Only adding to the richness of the night, were the decadent chocolates, brought all the way from Honest Portland by Youngquist herself. It was a night filled with friends, drinks, chocolate and art. What more could you ask for?

Come in and see the truly stunning works by Romona Youngquist and witness their breathtaking beauty for yourself.

Claudia Hartley and Dyana Hesson “Together Again”

Claudia Hartley and Dyana Hesson will be reuniting at Bonner David Galleries on February 2, 2012, in a role reversal of sorts.  Hartley, so well known for her colorful landscapes has used her move to the South to focus on creating cheerful interior scenes, while Hesson, mostly known for her botanical images, makes a foray into the world of landscape painting.

Claudia Hartley’s style has evolved over the years, leading to her newest works. During college, she experimented widely with abstracts. She later went through a time of painting portraits, using an impressionistic or realistic style, in oils. Yet, she missed strong, vibrant colors. Now, her love of Fauvist painters and their use of bright colors are very apparent, in her modernist paintings. She chooses to convey the love of her subject matter using exciting, bold colors in acrylics. When describing her own paintings, she says they are “happy, cheerful” and “intricate composition, [using a] large variety of colors and layers of patterns.” Hartley’s eye-catching creations of Southern interiors and stunning landscapes successfully convey her love for her surroundings, giving viewers the same chance to enjoy the world in which we live.

Dyana Hesson, known for her beautifully detailed flowers, will be showing her annual collection of conversation hearts, small paintings of roses named after the Valentine candy. Continuing with her love of nature and its beauty, she has recently begun painting landscapes, viewing nature from a different perspective. From the time she was young, nature has always been her love and inspiration.  Plants and flowers were always a part of her life. “God’s creation is what inspires me” and it is the diverse and mountainous landscapes of the West she has fallen in love with. The oceans of California, red rocks of the desert and the mountains of Montana andColorado, all provide Hesson with ideal inspiration for her Western landscapes. She hopes her art can be healing and free us, for just a moment, from the complex lives we lead, reminding people of the beauty that constantly surrounds us.

A Visit to Romona Youngquist’s Studio

Driving up a steep hill seeing a beautiful blue sky dotted with clouds I arrived at the studio and Oregon home of talented landscape artist Romona Youngquist.  She promised that I would want to move to Oregon and with the temperature in the 70s compared to the 110 degree heat of Phoenix; I was almost ready to admit she was right. 

I was initially greeted by her five puppies, in all shapes and sizes and then noticed the beautiful gardens around her home before going inside and climbing to her 3rd floor studio—a space all designated for her art.  Out her double window are mountains, vineyards, rolling hills and, of course, magnificent skies.  I was initially drawn to her painting table covered with mounds of paint as well as the 4 or 5 works she had in progress.  As she gave me a tour, she explained how she works, eventually taking the paintings downstairs to display on the large walls of her dining room to “live with them” for a bit and see if there’s anything else they need before being shipped off to a gallery.

As I spent the day with her, we took a drive around the beautiful wine country of greater Dundee, often seeing the locations she paints.  Having seen over 300 of her works, I recognized many a spot and was eager to hear the time of day she found best to capture these images.  We even stopped at the Allison Inn & Spa where Romona has two very large paintings which attract a great deal of attention.

Romona is a morning person, often getting up at 5 AM to begin her day of painting.  Once the coffee is made, she can sit and reflect on her work, and while she works through the day, she has the company of her dogs, her music, and that stunning view.  She is an avid baker and cook (she even tried out for Master Chef with rabbit as her main ingredient).  We got to taste her delicious blueberry pancakes, peppered bacon, poppy seed muffins and drank pots of coffee.

But I kept going back to the clouds I would see; wisps of white that Romona captures so vividly and seemingly effortlessly in her paintings as she is known for her ever-changing skies.  To be around a true talent and to be able to see the natural beauty that inspires her and hearing her explain what she looks for is a rare treat for a collector like me who has not one wit on artistic talent or ambition.  For a day, I could experience Romona’s world.  For all of the hundreds of collectors who enjoy her work, I say “thank you” for the wonderful artistic gift you share with us.  I only wish all of our loyal Youngquist collectors could have the same experience—but then poor Romona wouldn’t have time to paint, the very thing she does best.  Thanks, Romona, for a most memorable visit!

"Through the Season's" by Romona Youngquist

Bonner David Galleries is excited to showcase new works by renown landscape artist Romona Youngquist. From the time Youngquist was a child, she knew she was meant to be an artist. Romona spent her days exploring the woods and gazing up in awe at the storms that often filled the Eastern Oklahoma sky. She developed an early appreciation for the beauty and contrasts in nature, and though self-taught, she feels it’s only fair to cite nature as her real teacher. 

 Romona describes her paintings as a formula between color and value relationships. She believes that her understanding of these relationships comes from a life of studying nature and the environment. Youngquist’s paintings are inspired by understated landscapes, as she enjoys painting scenery that she finds elegant but commonplace at the same time. For Youngquist, finding interesting things to paint is a long process, as they have to be just right to catch her eye. Her use of vivid colors against soft neutral backdrops emphasizes the breathtaking effects that nature offers, which are often overlooked.

"High Water" by Romona Youngquist

 “I can come upon an ordinary scene I’ve seen a zillion times and there is a special light that hits this scene….and I stop in my tracks” ~Romona Youngquist   

Youngquist’s latest work reflects what is most near and dear to her, with more rural scenery inspired by the picturesque countryside near her home. These paintings add drama and tension to her famous peaceful scenes. Youngquist’s latest works are reminiscent of her paintings from previous collections, but with greater emphasis on sunlight and shadows during the changing seasons.   

In anticipation of her upcoming show we talked with Romona about her career, her life, and what inspires her most. Here is what she shared with us:   

Bonner David: What is your reason for only painting landscapes in a 25 mile radius from your home?   

Youngquist: I believe in painting mostly what you know. For me, that is the landscape that I see everyday. I need to have an emotional attachment to what I paint, and I love the place where I live. I am very lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s scenic in a quiet, rural way. Some areas are like stepping back in time, but then you see all the beautiful vineyards. We really have it all here in Oregon. One of my favorite painters, Russell Chatham, does the same thing, and I think it’s really helped him create his own genre of landscape painting.   

Bonner David: Was there a particular moment as a child when you knew that you were destined to be a painter?   

Youngquist: At age 4, when my preschool teacher, bless her heart, loved a chicken I drew and showed it to the entire class. At that moment she said I was “an artist.” But more importantly was the feeling of pure joy while creating art that all started with that chicken.   

Bonner David: What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?   

Youngquist: Have a cup of coffee and curl up with a good book surrounded by all my animals.   

Bonner David: Do you have any other creative talents?   

Youngquist: I have a beautiful garden that I love to tend, I bake like crazy, and I read way too much. But I really love to sing. My friend Sandy and I often go to a karaoke spot. My favorite songs to sing are Cowboy Junkies’ “Sweet Jane”, Mazzy Star’s “Fade into You,” and Portishead’s “Sour Times”–obscure songs nobody knows. But the real show stealer is when my husband has had a little too much to drink and does Kung Fu Fighting- with all the moves!   

Bonner David: If you were not a painter, what would you be?    

Youngquist: A Food Network Star…seriously…I auditioned in Portland last year. I fear the reason I didn’t make it was the answer to “What is your favorite food memory?” My answer was, “fried squirrel dinner when I was a kid.”   

"Country Sunflowers" by Romona Youngquist

Youngquist is featured in this month’s issue of American Art Collector (Read the full article- RomonaYoungquist-American Art Coll. Feb 2010).

Romona’s breathtaking work will be on display at her upcoming show “Through the Seasons” at Bonner David Galleries (Map and Hours) February 25, 2010 through March 10, 2010. There will be a special artist reception on February 25, 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. We hope you have a chance to come discover her stunning paintings and meet her in person.


Afternoon Break with Brad Aldridge

After a long and busy Monday, I am in need of a little inspiration before heading home to face the chores that await. As I finish my list of to do’s, I am captivated by a Brad Aldridge painting. The sounds of car doors, packing tape, ringing phones, and pop music disappear. All I can hear is the rustle of leaves and a peaceful flowing river. I am instantly taken away, entranced by the tranquility of this painting. After returning from my day-dream I realize something;  rushing streams, soft breezes, and sunsets are all around me, I just needed to take a moment and look!

"Sunset River Bend" by Brad Aldridge / oil on panel / 31.5" x 42.5"

 Inspired Landscape from: The Seine River, Near La Roche Giuyen, France 



Landscape Artist Captures "Heaven and Earth"

Brad Aldridge is an accomplished and passionate artist. His work has been exhibited across the country for over two decades and is widely collected. Aldridge’s paintings capture the allure of picturesque landscapes found all over the world. His work revolves around the concept of deep metaphors revealed in nature, along with the life lessons that can be learned from them. 

"Moonrise" by Brad Aldridge

Aldridge recalls himself always being attracted to the power of nature. As the youngest of six, Aldridge first started drawing when his mother was enrolled in art classes. He would sit and draw with her while she was working on her homework. The combination of his father’s position in the army, the frequent relocations, and his mother’s nostalgia for her home in the West influenced Aldridge to seek out the ideal landscape. As an adult his formal education only reinforced his desire to express the deeper meanings and metaphors uncommonly associated with the simplicity of “pretty” landscapes. He wants to not only express how he views peaceful meandering streams and exquisite twilight horizons, but also his personal feelings and perspectives on the world. 

This idea of standpoint is one of the recurring themes and inspiration for his more recent works. In his new collection titled “Heaven and Earth,” Aldridge breaks from his traditional “worm’s eye” point of view and instead, chooses an elevated perspective. His work embraces the exquisite beauty and subtle intricacy of nature with subdued color schemes and soft, pleasant scenery of European vistas, serene fields, and winding roads and rivers. Aldridge’s paintings leave his audience with feelings of hope, tranquility, and peaceful solidarity. 

In enthusiastic anticipation for his upcoming show at Bonner David Galleries, we personally spoke with Aldridge to get the inside scoop on the inspiration for “Heaven and Earth” and the metaphors that lie within. Here is what he shared:  

Bonner David: What is your intention for this new change in perception? 

Aldridge: I wanted to explore the idea of creation, or the heroic landscape. When you become elevated one has the opportunity to experience it as if you were composing or creating it yourself, the “creator’s eye view.” This perspective challenges the viewer to ponder on questions of creation and the relationship between Heaven and Earth. 

Bonner David: Why “Heaven and Earth” not “Heaven on Earth?” 

Aldridge: I supposed “Heaven on Earth” is more literal, but “Heaven and Earth” brings more mystery and leaves the paintings more open to interpretation. The audience can look for deeper symbolism and ideals. It’s like a dialogue between the world we live in versus our ideal world; the conversation between the two. 

Bonner David: What are some of the metaphors that will be present in the “Heaven and Earth” collection? 

Aldridge: “Heaven and Earth,” animal remains and the inherent danger of mortality, the vulnerability of being alone, exquisite beauty, subtle intricacy of nature, and hope for a new. 

"River Dawn" by Brad Aldridge

  In spite of a long hard winter, spring comes again.” ~Brad Aldridge 

Aldridge is featured in this month’s issue of American Art Collector (to read the full article click here Brad Aldridge-AAC). The opening reception for “Heaven and Earth” will be held at Bonner David Galleries (Map) on January 28, 2010 from 6-9pm. If you are in the area we hope you stop by to experience this stunning new collection in person.   

To read his full bio and view a complete collection of his work please click here. 

If you would like to receive more information about Brad Aldridge or to obtain a preview of the upcoming collection please contact us at or call us at 480.941. 8500.