By Bonnie Gangelhoff
ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Master of fine arts from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA.
MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: I take photo references because I am a very tight painter, and I don’t paint on location. Depending on the detail involved, a painting can take anywhere from two weeks to two months. My method is not that interesting, but I make up for that by focusing on the composition. I have a traditional style with contemporary compositions.
SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Animator.
BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: Do your best at whatever you choose.
CREATIVE SPARK: Shooting photos in San Francisco and wherever I travel. At the moment I’m working on Asian street scenes.
PRICE RANGE: $1,000 to $13,000.
GALLERIES: Christopher Hill Gallery, St. Helena, CA; Scottsdale Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA; www.ntanaka.com.
Featured in our annual “21 Under 31” feature in September 2009