An alumnus of the University of Guelph’s Fine Arts Program and graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), contemporary artist Bonnie McQuillan refined her craft in Florence, Italy as part of OCAD’s year-long Study Abroad program.
Post graduation, Bonnie painted and exhibited in Toronto until moving back to Ottawa in 1998. Since then, Bonnie McQuillan has been a practicing artist living in rural Ottawa. In 2005 she established a successful art business with locations in the villages of Osgoode and Kemptville. “Art with Bonnie” offers classes & workshops to budding artists of all ages, as well as school break camps and paint parties. Bonnie McQuillan’s oeuvre includes paintings, book illustrations and murals. Her work graces collections in Ireland, Taiwan, California, and throughout Canada.
My Underwater series is not about the swimmers (as one might think) instead the swimmers create a context for the real focus of each piece – Light, colour and design. It is the refraction and reflection of light and colour that fascinates me the most. In the Underwater setting light bounces, shifts and moves in multiple direction simultaneously. These natural formation invite a multitude of powerful design opportunities.
I use fluid brushstrokes that mirror the movements of the swimmer. I also incorporate a rhythmic design to elevate the refraction and reflection of light and colour.