Aimee Bonham completed her BFA in painting and drawing from Brigham Young University. After relocating with her husband and three children from Chicago to St. George, Utah, she became very active in the local art community. She has taught art education classes, art camps, private and group lessons, high school drawing classes, and even founded the Kayenta Street Painting and co-founded the St. George Art Academy. Additionally, Aimee has sat on the boards for the Southern Utah Art Guild and the Kayenta Arts Foundation. Her interest and experience in street painting has allowed her to travel throughout the United States and to Thailand, and her gallery work has been shown in California, Chicago, and Utah and is collected throughout the United States.
City, State, Country:
St. George, Utah, United States
Why do you create?
I create because I am driven to do so! I love to create works of art that are intriguing and communicate the beauty of nature and the paint Itself. I also create because I supplement my family's income by selling my pieces.
Do you have a primary creative medium?
I am primarily an oil painter; I create abstract works on cradled birch panels. I also participate in some street art using chalk.
Please describe your creative process:
I start by building my own wood panel, which is what I create my works on (I love creating these rigid panels because it allows me more freedoms to work in any size I would like that may otherwise be unattainable through manufactured materials). Next I prepare the panel by applying gesso (a plastic-like material) and then add marble dust to selected portions to create texture. I use oil paint and a waxy pencil to layer the piece and then sometimes sand it until I am satisfied with the painting and its extensive organic layers.
Looking back on your childhood, who are the people who have been the biggest influence on your work?
Growing up, my older brother was very artistic. In high school, he was voted most likely to be an amazing artist; his paintings are incredible! He ended up venturing into a different creative field and is now a musician. He was and is a major influence for me artistically.
How old were you when you realized that you're an "artist" or a "creative person"?
Perhaps at 10 when I got my first oil paint set and caddy.
What are the biggest barriers to continuing your creative work?
Time is probably my biggest challenge. I want to be at the crossroads for my children, so I sometimes keep late nights painting or on the computer. Also. keeping my house clean and organized is a difficulty for me. Perhaps because I am an artist it will never be clean! But many times when I feel I should be fulfilling domestic duties, I am being creative or working towards a community project, which also takes much time.