Montgomery Lee Fine Art
608 Main Street
Park City, UT 84060

Torrey Gallery
Torrey, UT
435-425-3909 or 435-425-3200

he Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts

Plein Air Painters of


     In the beginning, I wash the canvas in hues chosen for a ground that gives energy to the painting. Often, I layer the washes with different colors, suspending bits of pure pigment and letting the paint drizzle for a rich, grainy effect. This careful preparation leaves tiny sections of this delicious ground to speak for themselves throughout the painting. When I am satisfied with the wash, I will create a slight sketch for placement. From there, a loose block-in is formed with shape, value and line, with the idea of coming back with layers of paint using brush and palette knife. Sometimes, washes and glazes are used to create an effect or mood. Always, there is a reverence for truth that the subject chosen has inspired. Each painting is a separate journey, a different story. The process changes to facilitate the unique unfolding that inspires each work.


     Whether it is of winter cottonwoods along a river bottom, the warm flush of an evening sun over the buttes of Southern Utah, or scenes from her journeys to foreign lands — to view a Bonnie Posselli painting is to be within the moment that Bonnie experienced.
     She grew up in Salt Lake City, the eldest of six children. Family vacations included camping throughout the western states. Bonnie remembers her absorption with the beauty and wonder of nature, now reflected in her paintings. As a young adult, Bonnie was encouraged by her mother, an artist, to join with her in a plein air painting group. From there the dye was cast.
     Her most significant influences are from early landscape painters, John F. Carlson, Richard Schmid, Edgar Payne and LeConte Stewart. Carlson (1890-1945) was a noted expert on outdoor painting from the Art Students League Summer School in Woodstock, New York. His book, Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting, has become the "bible" for many serious landscape painters. Carlson's philosophy is to paint nature at your own back door and not feel compelled to travel for the "picturesque". His reverence for pure, natural landscape and his love of trees has inspired Bonnie throughout her career.
     Bonnie has painted throughout South America. Over two decades, there have been several trips, including to Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Chili, Easter Island, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and four trips to Peru,. Alaska opened another plein air painting and camping experience during a adventurous week-long river trip in the Tik Chik Wilderness area. Recent travels to Italy, France, and London England are inspiring many of her newer paintings.

Bonnie Posselli's quiet and meticulous rendering of trees, as well as her rich, luscious hues depicting the many moods of Utah's red rock country, have won her critical praise along with an impressive group of collectors.


  • 2010 People's Choice Award, Maynard Dixon Country Invitational
  • 2008 Purchase Award, Zion National Park "A Century of Sanctuary"
  • 2008 Ward Roylance Award, Entrada Institute
  • One of the 100 Best Artists of Utah, Springville Art Museum 2002 curatorial committee
  • 2002 Best of Show, Maynard Dixon Invitational
  • 2002 Arts for the Parks rand Canyon Purchase Award
  • Dixie College Invitational Purchase Award
  • Deseret News Purchase Award
  • Utah Governor's Mansion Artist Award
  • Invited Guest of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America) 2002, 2003

One Person Shows:
Montgomery Lee Fine Art Gallery, Park City, Utah
Williams Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah
Wiford and Vogt One Person Show
Zions Banking Corporation, Salt lake City, Utah
Torrey Gallery; Torrey, Utah
Myra Powell Gallery; Invitational One Person Show, Ogden, Utah
Pan American Tours; Salt Lake City, Utah
Murdock Travel; Salt Lake City, Utah
Repartee Gallery; Park City, Utah
Art Masters Gallery; Park City, Utah
ZCMI Mercantile; Salt Lake City, Utah

Southwest Art Magazine, January 2005 feature article "The Architecture of Emotion"
Art of the West Magazine, March/April 2002 "What's News" "Sego Gallery features Alaskan Art"
Southwest Art Magazine, February 2001 "Artist to Watch"
Salt Lake Magazine, 1990 feature article "Painting from the Land"
Southwest Art Magazine, September 1998,
          One page ad for Torrey Gallery One Person Show
Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 1997, "The Art of Travel"

The Paintings of Bonnie Posselli, ISBN 13: 978-0-615-16413-7, Published in 2007
Enchanted Isle: A History of Plein Air Painting in Catalina Island. Published in 2003

Utah Art/Artists, 150 Year Survey, Springville Museum of Art, 2002 Cultural Olympiad Committee.
Utah Profile 1991, 1992: Full Page with color images and text, American Heritage Publication

A Century of Sanctuary, The Art of Zion National Park, University Press, 2008
Painters of Utah's Canyons and Deserts, Donna L. Poulton and Vern G. Swanson, Gibbs Smith Press, 2009