Bonnie Gardiner

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I am a lifelong resident of Grey County (disregarding a couple of years of city-life during a period of what I like to think was "temporary" insanity). I am currently a resident at A Brush With Words, a four acre property located in the suburbs of Massie, Municipality of Chatsworth with partner, landscape artist and sculptor, Peter John Reid.

An original member of the Studio XX painting group, I had my first visual art show, Coming Out of My (Creative) Closet) at the Owen Sound Artist’s Co-op for the month of March, 2008, where I had my first sale. A second solo show at the Chesley Library was coordinated for the fall of 2008, "Don't Fence Me In" which was well-received and successful, and I was on a roll. I have since shown and sold at The Loft Gallery in Clarksburg; the Grey County Artist's Show in Meaford;  annually at the Lion's Head Art Show; and periodically at The Owen Sound Artists' Coop. My work can currently be viewed at Matilda Swanson Gallery in Clarksburg, Southampton Art Gallery in

Southampton and Arts On Ten Gallery & Boutique in Flesherton; also at my home studio, A Brush With Words just east of Chatsworth. I am a self-published author of several children's books and three collections of vignettes & poetry, "Growing in Grey", "Human Beings Being Human", and "A Brush With Words";  and have been published in Mosaic.

In regards to my visual work, I  seem to have a preference for items that most people pass by without a second glance; things that are often old and have fallen into decay (much like myself!), the aged patina of blistered paint and skewed structures. My loose, free flowing style leans toward the abstract but still has a clear story to tell. Through brush strokes on the canvas, I endeavour to convey my feelings of seeing the beauty in the simple things around me and transcending them to another level.

A certified yoga instructor, I strive to invoke my reverence for life into my art.  I draw from the area's plethora of everyday miracles.

I find being an artist - the written not so much as the visual - is a life of solitude and being given the opportunity to share my work is a way to attempt to connect with others. It's an opening of the doors to my soul and initiating an invitation to my personal world. I am happiest when I am creating.