Bonnie Zahn Griffith

I am a landscape artist who works in pastels and oils painting the western landscape. Whenever possible I am painting en plein air to capture the light in real time. It is my goal to produce work that draws the viewer into the painting; my love of the landscape prompts me to paint it and I look for a story to tell. If this happens then I have done my job.

I choose to work with dry pastel pigment and oils…both because they are rich in color and allow me to express my impressionistic approach to my work. I often use a palette knife as a sole tool to put oil paint to the canvas, especially when working plein air.

The love of art was fostered at an early age by my parents. I grew up in an artistic family in north central Montana and the arts were engaged in and always encouraged. A good introduction to my love of the landscape was nurtured from the back a horse riding and helping on our ranch.

Some of my favorite art events are Plein Air Paint Outs Quick Draws. I travel throughout the west painting at events and teaching workshops.

“From the ground up, the stretch of the landscape, the embrace of the colors, the magnitude of the terrain all shape my vision…from my heart, so my love of the land.”
I am a signature artist member of the Northwest Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, The Plein Air Painters of Idaho and Washington, Treasure Valley Art Association, and Landscape Artists International. My work is represented locally by Eagle Art Gallery; Pendleton Art and Frame, Pendleton, OR; EarthWorks, Yachats, OR; Wenaha Gallery, Dayton, WA; Kelly’s Gallery, Joseph, OR, Moccasin Mountain Gallery, Lewistown, MT; The Depot Gallery, Red Lodge, MT; Frame Hut, Billings, MT; Combine Art Collective, Walla Walla, WA and American Art Company, Tacoma, WA

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