Right Brain: Bonnie Norling Wakeman
Bonnie Norling Wakeman is a bit of a rarity in Summit County: She has supported herself through her art in Summit County for more than 20 years. She paints murals and canvases and illustrates, as well as teaches an occasional workshop. In line with being a true local, her favorite subject matter these days are mountain and forest scenes with wildlife. For more, visit http://www.norling-wakemanstudios.com. Dreams That I will continue what I’m doing because I love it. I would also like to create images that touch people in deep and meaningful ways. Why do art?
Sometimes I call it my “blessed curse” because it fills my life with joy but at the same time, I can’t do anything else as an occupation without feeling unfulfilled. What do you convey through art? I don’t see my work as something that only pleases me. I love creating images that other people help envision as well, creating a partnership in art that goes beyond my own ideas. AccomplishmentI felt proud that after doing six portrait murals for The Lutheran Synod Conference in 2003, they were displayed at various churches around the country, including here, and also at a peace conference in Pari, Italy.
My greatest accomplishment is yet to come.Staying freshPray, meditate, work out, spend quality time with my husband and dog, visit art galleries and talk with other artists. When you’re not doing art?Same as above as well as various sports, read, travel and attend Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon.
Bonnie Norling WakemanPersonality: Extrovert, so says my loving husband.Create mostly: Alone mostly, occasionally with others, which I love!Hours per week dedicated to art: Many!Favorite artist or mentor: Maxfield Parrish, Vincent Van Gogh, Norman Rockwell, Florence CampbellSensitivity: 1-10 , 10 being highest: 10, unfortunately
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