Reflections of distinct periods of the creative journey
Bonnie Cutts’ paintings are reflections of distinct periods of the creative journey that is her life. The images, loaded with rich, emotive colors and visceral surfaces, are an invitation for the viewer to take a deep look past the exterior—and in a process mirroring self-reflection, meditate on the myriad layers below. Grounding life in its substrate, Bonnie has referenced the natural world around her drawing from places and objects in her environment on the abstract textural surfaces. She has also investigated neuro-imaging, digital images of brain cells, drawing inspiration from them and pushing her imagery in new directions.
Bonnie studied at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where she received her BFA with a concentration in drawing and painting. She has shown her work professionally in both solo and group exhibits over the past 40 years. Her work, both studio and commissioned, resides in numerous private and corporate collections around the country. In 2014 she placed numerous paintings at Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN under the MN Percent for Art Program. In 2020 Bonnie placed several paintings at Minnesota State University, Mankato, under the Minnesota Percent for Art Act.
The process of painting is as important to Bonnie as the finished artwork; what is not visible is as important as what is seen. She finds a true sense of discovery in her work and is always interested in the next place or thing to see, the next move to make, and the next image to paint.