Bonnie Paruch

For as long as I can remember I've been drawing and painting the wonders of nature and life. I'm seduced by the beauty I see around me. My style may be summed up by the words a gentleman spoke to me at a show in Scottsdale, Arizona ,"You paint like a dead Russian!" he said.

I am inspired by color, light, the texture of my paint and the energy of life itself.  I strive for clarity of purpose with an economy of means.

When I begin to paint , I ask myself a series of questions.  First and foremost, what is the "big" idea and the focus of the work?  My central interest and overall concept is often triggered by an emotional reaction. Communicating that emotion and sense of wonder is the driving force in my painting design. I use shapes, values, colors, edges, brushwork and line to share my point of view. 

 In essence I consider myself a story teller. For me, a successful  painting goes beyond recording the facts - a camera can do that. My goal in painting is to create a  personal expression filled with emotion, a story left to interpretation.

Bonnie Paruch is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. As of August 28, 2014, she has been awarded the honor of "Master Pastelist" Her vibrant pastel paintings have been juried into the presigious P.S.A. National shows in New York six times, garnering four awards.