Hi, I’m Steve Bonner and I’m a self-taught professional artist, a painter, and I pretty much always have been. For most of life I worked commercially, writing and illustrating signs and posters – that was back in the days when these were actually hand painted. When computers took over, rather than put aside my paintbrushes, I took to fine art and never looked back, I’ve been painting pictures ever since. My work still has a faintly graphical quality to it – probably always will.
If I have to be pigeon-holed it would probably be as a marine artist. Whether I’m painting the beaches of Southern England, just a few hundred metres from my home, or those of beautiful Barbados in the Caribbean, the sea is always present. That said seascapes aren’t the only genre I’ll paint: I’m equally at home painting the figure, or occasional fantasy subjects, pretty much as the mood takes me – and why not!
I work in most mediums - oils, watercolours or acrylics, and, with my commercial background I can happily work in household gloss and emulsion, paint is paint when all’s said and done, but my preference is always for oils: I love the malleability of oil paints, the way they take on a life of their own as you paint with them, the flow of the brush seems to define the painting as much as the subject – huge fun. There really is no better medium for waves and clouds.
I have my own gallery adjacent to my studio in East Wittering, West Sussex, just a stones throw from one of the most beautiful beaches around, so come and see my work and then stroll down the road to the real thing.
“Art, love, and passion are very closely related. Because they all hinge more or less on realisation of beauty in some form or other, or in its pleasure-taking. And the intoxication is exquisite." (Max Beckmann)