|COLLECTING WATER, ACRYLIC, 20 x 16.|
By Bonnie Gangelhoff
BORN: Royal Oak, MI.
ART EDUCATION: “I’m mostly self-taught but I’ve taken classes at the Colorado Academy of Art in Boulder and the University of Arizona in Tucson.”
STYLE: Expressive figurative.
FIRST ART SALE: “In 2004 Café Tu Tu Tango, a tapas bar in Miami, hired artists to paint there, and I sold a painting of an abstract nude for around $100.”
SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Singer/songwriter.
OTHER PASSIONS: “Spending time with my family, my faith, and exploring other cultures and languages. I’ve traveled, studied, and lived in Chile, and I lived and worked in Malawi, East Africa.”
MANTRA OR MOTTO: “Full speed ahead.”
BIGGEST FEAR: “Allowing my lack of confidence to sabotage good opportunities.”
BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: “Follow your passions, because those are your gifts.”
PET PEEVE: Gum smacking and biting into popsicles.
FAVORITE ARTWORK BY ANOTHER ARTIST: Work by artists Gayle Crites and Terry Maker.
PRICE RANGE: $300 to $3,000.
NEXT BIG GOAL: “To get an exhibition in Denver and to make my work more narrative. I feel like I have a lot of stories to tell.”
CREATIVE SPARK: Solitude, the outdoors, and showers.
Featured in our annual “21 Under 31” article in September 2008