About the Artist, Bonnie Binkert

Pablo Picasso once said, "Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."  After a thiry-year publishing career in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, I rediscovered my "inner child."  Not coincidentally, I turned to painting after moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a setting that has inspired many of my favorite artists.  Following a Modernist tradition, I work in a variety of mediums for I love the transparency of watercolor, the vibrancy of acrylics, the velvety textures of pastel and the buttery consistency of oils.

Artists who influenced me

On our first trip to Santa Fe, my husband and I began collecting art. We bought what we liked and later discovered fascinating connections between the artists whose works are in our collection.  Modernists like John Marin, Andrew Dasburg, Raymond Jonson, John Sloan, and Richard Diebenkorn all worked in New Mexico at one time. Like me, they were influenced by the light and landscape of the southwest.  I paint abstract works inspired by the landscape.  



Photo of artist by Susan Boe

Recent Awards and Exhibits

Solo Show, Del Norte Gallery, Santa Fe, 2017

"Wish You Were Here," Community Gallery, Santa Fe, 2016

"Historic Structures." Juried Group Show, Historic Santa Fe Foundation, 2015

Santa Fe Studio Tour, 2013 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

"Celebrating the Seasons," Solo Show, 2013, Portal Gallery, Los Alamos

Santa Fe Arts Commission's Common Ground Show, 2011 Juried Show Winner

Alexandra Stevens Gallery, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, 2008-2013

"Myth Spirituality & Culture," Group Show, Northern New Mexico Regional Art Center, 2011

"Kinesis," Juried Group Show, Fuller Art Center, 2011

"Back to Basics," Juried Group Show, Fuller Art Center, 2011

"Dewey Decimal," Juried Group Show, Fuller Art Center, 2011

"Eco Art," Juried Group Show, New Mexico Regional Art Center, 2011

"Outside In," Juried Group Show, Fuller Art Center, 2011

"Inner Child," Juried Group Show, Fuller Art Center, 2011

"Abstraction," Juried Group Show, New Mexico Regional Art Center, 2010

Santa Fe Community Gallery, Juried Monothon, 2009

Owings-Dewey North, Shrine Exhibition, Group Show, 2008

Dailey Painters of New Mexico, Juried Show Winner, 2008

Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, 2008, 2009, 2010

Wells Fargo Bank Gallery, Two-person Juried Show, 2008

Santa Fe Community College, Juried Show Winner, 2007, 2010


Contact me

My work can be seen and purchased as follows:


New Mexico Artists' Directory:


Santa Fe.Com







Honeysuckle Clouds, Acrylic on canvas,

40 x 30, 2018 

Spanish Village, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12, 2018

Firecracker Cactus

Acrylic on canvas, 

10 x 10, 2018 SOLD

Snow Country 雪国

Watercolor, 12 x 16, matted, 2018 See more Japanese-inspired works on my Romantic Abstractions page.

Juan Miguel, watercolor, 12 x 16 matted, 2018 See more from my Border Kids series on the watercolor page.

02/10/18 Cubist Abstractions in Collage. See full series on Mixed Media page.

01/05/17 Politically-inspired "Preserving Democracy" series. See full series on Social/Political Mixed Media page.

Check out Bonnie's Blog for News, Techniques, Inspiration

05/27/16 Old World Abstractions -- new works in collage.

01/13/16 Richard Diebenkorn-Inspired Art

03/29/15 Art Accepted in 2015 Juried Show of Santa Fe Historical Society

10/04/14 Pure Poetry: How Poetry Can Inspire Art

9/05/14 Experimenting with Acrylic Mediums

6/7/14 Der Blaue Reiter Collection, Munich

4/14/14 Light-Inspired Art: Small Jewels

1/23 Prismatic Effects of Water-Based Media

1/05/14  Using Oil Sticks to Create Dramatic Effects

10/31/13 On Studying Other Artists

10/19 Unintended Consequences Using Water-based media

10/12 Painting the Seasons of New Mexico

8/31 Composition: The Arrangement of Contrasting Forms

7/31 New Mexico: A Painter's Paradise

7/17 Intensifying Watercolor Effects

6/02 Creating Atmosphere with Glazes

6/01 The Photography/Painting Debate

5/25 Capturing Fleeting Light on a Garden Wall

And more.....