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Maryann Bodnar-Bartman

 
Merrillville, Indiana

Artist's Statement

I have specialized in Indian and Western Art for over 30 years.  My sensitive and realistic portrayal of the subject matter in my paintings is a reflection of my background and reverence for all that was and is the West.  Originally trained as a graphic designer/illustrator, I incorporate technical skills learned at the American Academy of Art in Chicago into my work.  All of my paintings are done in gouache.

I love taking on projects that test my abililty as an artist.  Even as a child growing up in the Midwest, I felt the allure of the West.  Riding horses and later painting them brings me closer to that part of the country that still has a hold on me.  Through my art, I feel I am able to stay connected with my western dream - with all it's beauty and drama.  By capturing images of the West - the rich colors and textures, and most of all the people, I feel I am able to preserve the Western Tradition.

In 1996 I became a Signature Member of the ARTIST'S RIDE - Rapid City, SD and an Associate Member of WOMEN ARTIST'S OF THE WEST in 2003.  My works can be found in the collections of: Chesterton State Bank, Northern Indiana Public Service Company and in private collections throughout the United States which includes that of actor Chuck Norris.


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"Hitched"

"Hitched"

Gouache on clayboard

Just like a scene out of a western movie. This is how I'd describe what it was like to participate in the ARTIST'S RIDE in South Dakota.  I was surrounded by scenes of horses, wagons, cowboys and Indians in mid-1800's gear and trappings.
My love of horses makes them a natural subject matter for many of my paintings.  This quarter horse caught my attention as he basked in the mid-afternoon sun.  He was as connected to the historic scene that  surrounded him as he was to the wheel of the old wagon.
This particular painting received a first place award in Art Comp 2008 a show in the Midwest.  And received an honorable mention and was featured in "Ride! & Western Times Magazine". 

Dimensions: 20H"x 16W"
$1900 framed
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"Bein' Bad"

"Bein' Bad"

Gouache on clayboard

I could spend hours observing animal behavior.  Wolves are another animal I find fascinating.  The behavior of these young wolves was fun to watch.  Just like when two children sit too close together - you know there is going to be some kicking, pushing and poking going on.  As Mom would say "just bein' bad".
These wolves are from a wild animal refuge park in South Dakota.  The paw print border is part of the painting, drawing one's eye around and into the images of the wolves.

Dimensions: 24H"x 18W"
$1,900 framed
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Last updated 6/12/2009 MC
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