Q + A: Bonnie Behan
ARTIST BONNIE BEHAN’S QUIRKY NATURE AND KEEN SENSE OF HUMOUR IMBUE HER WORK WITH LIFE.
How does art fit into your life?
I’m living on the wonderful Gold Coast where I am a tax agent with more than 1,400 clients – the best clients anyone could have! This restricts my painting for a large part of the year and I always look forward to the quieter periods when I can concentrate on my love of art and escape from reality. I find it very therapeutic.
Did you attend art school?
I actually dropped two classes in high school just so I could do Art. I’ve attended workshops with various excellent artists over the years, as well as demonstrations of new materials with art suppliers. I have gained inspiration from them but have my own style.
What materials do you use?
I mainly use acrylic paints, but I have also used charcoal, inks and watercolours. Recently I tried using inks on Yupo paper and I loved the results – I will certainly do more of those in the near future.
What is your studio like?
Gosh, I have a very messy art room that I can hardly move in because I have so many materials waiting to be used! So, sometimes I paint on the dining room table and do the occasional sketch in my office or whilst watching TV. I prefer to paint in silence, focusing on what I am trying to achieve and waiting for inspiration to come.