Art Opening March 15th at The Wallkill River School

I received the Ian Sharpe Memorial Scholarship for an emerging artist and will be showing my work at the Wallkill River School during the month of March.  The opening reception will be on Saturday March 15, 2014 between 5-7pm.  The address of the Wallkill River School is 232 Ward Street, Montgomery, NY 12549.

If you’re on facebook check out the event page.

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New paintings and prints available on Saatchi Online Gallery

I am pleased to announce my newest paintings are now available on Saatchi Online (http://www.saatchionline.com/katrie). The originals and prints are now available for purchase.

These are representational paintings of scenes from around New York City, primarily around the Central Park area.

oil on canvas painting of The Observer by Katrie Bonanno

“The Observer” oil on canvas 16″x12″

 

 

oil on canvas painting of

“Walk in the Park” Oil on Canvas 16″x12″

 

 

oil on canvas painting of

“Street Corner” Oil on Canvas 16″x12″

 

 

oil on canvas painting of

“Under the Trees” Oil on Canvas 16″x12″

 

 

oil on canvas painting of

“Central Park Bicycles” Oil on Canvas 16″x12″

 

 

oil on canvas painting of Dining Out by Katrie Bonanno

“Dining Out” Oil on Canvas 16″x12″

 

oil on canvas painting of Good Dog by Katrie Bonanno

“Good Dog” Oil on Canvas 16″x12″

 

 

oil on canvas painting of Relaxing in my Radio Flyer

“Relaxing in my Radio Flyer” Oil on Canvas 16″x12″

 

oil on canvas painting of My Scooter and I by Katrie Bonanno

“My Scooter and I” Oil on Canvas 12″x16″

 

 

oil on canvas painting of Spring by Katrie Bonanno

“Spring” Oil on Canvas 14″x11″

 

 

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Representational Paintings

These are the newest paintings I have completed.  I like to capture everyday moments of people doing ordinary or even in some instances unusual things in common places.  I am developing and experimenting with my style of painting by using non-descriptive forms, organic shapes and vivid saturated colors.  I have been painting on a larger scale than previous paintings which allows me to be less constrained and looser with my brush work.

Oil painting by Katrie Bonanno showing people in Washington Square Park

“Saturday in the Park”-Oil on Canvas-40″x30″-2013

Oil Painting by Katrie Bonanno of street musicians in Washington Square Park

“Canon in D”-Oil on Canvas-40″x30″-2013

Oil Painting on canvas of street pianist in Washington Square Park

“Tribute to Rachmaninoff”-Oil on Canvas-40″x30″-2013

Oil painting on canvas by Katrie Bonanno of man reading newspaper in barber shop on east village

“Barber Shop”-Oil on Canvas-28″x40″-2013

 

 

 

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Portraits

These are the newest portraits I have completed.  All of them are of family members.  In these portraits I tried to capture the essence of their personalities and unique physical characteristics.  I started by taking photographs of my family members.  I captured candid moments rather than set poses which often appear superficial.  Then I began the painting process.  I kept the shapes and forms simplified almost abstract, however I kept the colors true to the photographs.  I chose to omit the background to keep the focus on the people themselves which adds a fresh contemporary look.

oil on Masonite painting of Marc by katrie bonanno

“Marc”-Oil on Masonite-16″ x 20″

 

oil on masonite painting by katrie bonanno

“Caleb”-Oil on Masonite-16″x20″

 

oil on masonite painting by katrie bonanno

“John”-Oil on Masonite-16″x20″

 

oil on masonite painting by katrie bonanno

“Eric”-Oil on Masonite-16″x20″

 

oil on masonite painting by katrie bonanno

“James” – Oil on Masonite – 16″x20″

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Landscapes

I have been recently working on a series of landscapes around NYC.   Most of these landscapes are from  Central Park.

oil on canvas painting of conservatory water in central park by artist Katrie Bonanno

Conservatory Water – Oil on Canvas – 40″ x 16″

Many New Yorkers love to relax in Central Park.  It becomes a retreat from the everyday bustle of the streets that surround the park.  This image portrays the everyday New Yorker relaxing around the pond and taking in their surroundings.

 

oil on canvas painting of conservatory water II by artist katrie bonanno

Conservatory Water II – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 12″

This is another view of the conservatory Water with a few motorized sail boats floating on the water.

 

oil on canvas painting of conservatory water III by Katrie Bonanno

Conservatory Water III – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 12″

This is one more view of the Conservatory Water in Central Park.  This image represents what many people love to do at the pond and that is rent motorized boats to sail on the water.

 

oil painting on canvas of washington square park by artist katrie bonanno

Washington Square Park – Oil on Canvas – 34″ x 24″

This painting is a view facing west in Washington Square Park in NYC during sunset.  Right in the heart of the West Village, this area has always been a great place to see a wide range of talent from musicians to street performers to chess players.  It is always a place filled with entertainment within a relatively small area.

 

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Pet Portraits

Now that I am working on my painting full-time I have recently finished several paintings. The 3 most current pet portraits I painted are portraits of my friends dogs.

 

oil painting of dog named lotus by artist katrie bonanno

“Lotus” – oil on masonite – 20″ x 16″

This is a portrait I painted for the Jeweler, Paul Roosa in Walden, NY, who made my husband and my wedding bands.  His beautiful greyhound was unfortunately killed by another dog last year.  As a thank you gift to Paul for the wonderful job he did on our bands I painted this portrait of Lotus to commemorate his life.

 

oil portrait of pitbull dog by artist katrie bonanno

“Bogie” – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

This is an oil painting of my friend’s dog named Bogie.  He is a very energetic and friendly Pitbull.

oil painting of Pug dog by artist katrie bonanno

“Zeus” – Oil on Canvas – 14″ x 11″

This is a portrait of Zeus, my parents neighbor’s dog done in oil.  Zeus is a gentle pug who for some reason barks incessantly at my parents but warmed up to me immediately, go figure!

 

oil painting of Seymour dog by fine artist katrie bonanno

“Seymour” – Oil on Masonite – 11″ x 14″

This is the very first pet portrait I did.  It is a portrait of my dog Seymour.  He is a purebred miniature Dachshund who I have had ever since he was a pup.  He has quite the spastic personality but I love him nonetheless.  He just turned 7 years old in May.

 

Since I started painting pet portraits I have enjoyed capturing these four-legged creatures quirky, individual personalities through painting.   I hope to get more commissions to paint pet portraits not only of dogs but of other pets for those who would like to immortalize them.

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Added drawing of my fiance James

I’ve added a new drawing of my fiance James.  This drawing is a pencil drawing on tinted paper.

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Series of Sketches of Florence, Italy

I have added pictures of a series of pen sketches I did in 2002 from my trip to Florence, Italy.





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New Painting: Lower Manhattan from Liberty Island

I’ve uploaded an image of a new painting called “Lower Manhattan from Liberty Island”.

This painting is based on a photo I took during a visit to Liberty Island in the summer of 2011.

It is for sale.

oil painting by Katrie Arena of lower Manhattan from Liberty Island.  2011.

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Launched katrie.com

Today I launched my website katrie.com.  I will be using this blog to announce updates.

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