Bonnie Gerdin Hautamaki was raised in Minnesota and has lived in Colorado since 1996. She has always loved both problem-solving and creative activities. After all, why limit yourself to just one side of the brain? Bonnie also enjoyed creating things with her hands, such as music on the piano, calligraphy, sewing, and culinary creations.
In 2016, her passion for art was sparked when she began taking drawing classes at Schissler Fine Art Academy in Loveland, Colorado. With this newfound passion for art, she then stepped away from her gray cubicle in the engineering world and studied art full-time. After completing the two-year, Studio Arts Certificate program at Schissler Fine Art Academy, Bonnie is now capturing the essence of people and places in her portraits and landscapes. And she can’t imagine life any other way!
An artistic heritage includes watercolor artists in both Bonnie’s mother and a grandmother. Her father, an engineer, set the stage for problem-solving, and Bonnie worked in the fields of math, engineering, and user-centered design. Now, as an artist, she gets to solve visual problems, such as how to create the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional painting, how to indicate volume in a figure, and how to use color and composition to invite the viewer into the story.
In 2019 & 2020, Bonnie’s work was exhibited at the Independence Gallery in Loveland, Colorado at its “65 Roses for Cystic Fibrosis” event. Upon graduation from art school, Bonnie’s portfolio was selected by jurors as the #1 portfolio for graduates of her class. In summer 2019, Bonnie was honored to have a painting chosen by Estes Park, Colorado for their Art in Public Places. Her work is now on display at the Independence Gallery in Loveland, Colorado, with pieces having found happy homes in private collections.
Bonnie's goal is to create art that is life-giving, and that which encourages and celebrates our connections with people, animals, and the land.