It’s a gift to have the capacity to feel deeply when standing before nature. To express this emotion with paint, you have to know how to use the tools to make them do what you want them to do.
Spend five days completely immersed in the natural setting of coastal Maine, simplifying the outdoor painting process. Through lecture, demonstration, side-by-side easel assistance and critique, Todd will break down the complex task of oil painting into smaller, compartmentalized wedges of chunk learning and chunk doing. Simplifying from a philosophical approach that sees paintings having a beginning, middle and an end and borrowing from 600 years creative ancestry, Todd will help you rewire your brain and learn what it means to see and think like an artist. There is an academic prerequisite required before we can express ourselves on a canvas. Much of the class will focus on simply learning to see and translating nature using the language and tools of the artist. Through discussion and study of drawing, design, value and color, Todd will teach you to crack the codes of good painting, enablng you to better portray your visual poetry in paint. In Todd’s Words: “I have surrendered to the humble acceptance that it will take a mile of canvas in order to achieve self expression in paint. Onward I go, with the knowledge that the mile of canvas on the road to mastery is best suited if that road is the right road, The right road, is an understanding of the academic principles of picture making, then practicing them over and over and over again until muscle memory is obtained. I’ve learned that it takes an authentic love of the process to fail constantly and to continue forward with a fresh canvas over and over again. For me, there is no better joy than standing before nature with my tools and attempting to express how I feel about it.”
Bio: I fell in love with the ocean while growing up in Winthrop, Massachusetts, a small New England harbor town outside of Boston. After graduating from the Art Institute Boston, I continued study of classical painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. A twelve year career as an illustrator, that included a creatively-explorative period, working as a muralist, sculptor and designer followed. I focused full time on fine art oil painting in 2006, creating works for art galleries and collectors and currently maintain a small studio space at The Button Factory artist studios in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I love painting coastal New England imagery en plein air, equally as much as crafting more involved compositions in my studio. Above all, I love the process and simple joy of being with my tools and painting. My work is currently represented by ten art galleries around New England, Florida and the UK. and is in hundreds of corporate and private collections world wide, including 41st U.S. President, George H. W. Bush. I have had the good fortune to have exhibited in four Art museums and I am blessed to call this craft that I love my full-time occupation. I currently own and operate the Todd Bonita Art Gallery in both Ogunquit, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I am also co-owner of the Ogunquit Summer School of Art where I teach painting classes and art workshops year round.
(2000 – 2003) Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Post baccalaureate Study Classical Drawing and Painting.
(1992 -1996) Art Institute of Boston (BFA)
Camden Falls Art Gallery, Camden Maine
Todd Bonita Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine
Shore Road Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine
Wright Gallery, Cape Porpoise, Maine
Todd Bonita Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
Rockport Art Association and Museum, Rockport, MA
Powers Gallery, Acton, MA
Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, FL
Art House Gallery, St. Ives. Cornwall, UK.
2016 – Present Todd Bonita Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
2015 – Present Powers Gallery, Acton, MA
2015 – Present Shore Rd. Gallery, Ogunquit, ME
2014 – Present Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME
2014 – Present Todd Bonita Gallery, Ogunquit, ME
2013 Paul Creative Art Center / Museum of Art, Durham, NH
2013 – Present Beth Ellis Gallery, Ogunquit, ME
2012 – Present Boston International Fine Art Show
2011 – 2013 Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA
2011 – 2012 Wester Ave Artist Studios, Lowell, MA
2011 Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
2011 – Present Camden Falls Gallery, Camden, ME (Several Two Person and Group Shows)
2011 – Present Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA (Several Two Person Shows)
2010 – Present Gingerbread Square Gallery, Key West, FL (One Man Show, Several Two Person Shows)
2010-2012 Northlight Gallery, Kennebunkport, Maine
2010-2012 Gallery 51, Meredith, New Hampshire (one man show)
2010-Present Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire
2009-Present The Kennedy Gallery,Portsmouth, New Hampshire (One Man Show) (Two person show)
2009-Present The Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Mass (One Man Show)
2009-2010 The Gallery at Mill Falls Meredith, New Hampshire (One Man Show)
2009-2010 The Bradley Art Gallery Stoughton, Wisconsin
2008-Present The Art House Gallery UK St. Ives. Cornwall, UK
2007-2015 The Art House Gallery Brewster, Massachusetts
2007-Present Button Factory Artist Open Studios Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2008 -2010 Diamond Newman Gallery Boston, Massachusetts
2007-2008 The Woodsum Gallery Warner, New Hampshire
2006-2008 Sandpiper Gallery Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Honors / Awards
2016 First Place. Plein air Paint out, New Hampshire Art Association
2015 Second Place Plein air Paint out, New Hampshire Art Assocition
2013 – 2016 Art in the Embasseys Program. (Selected Artist U.S. / Kuwait Embassy)
Some General Class Information:
We will make sure you know our 2021 Covid protocols well ahead; please be assured that we will do everything we can to provide a safe environment for you! Compliance with our protocols is required. We’ll decide on carpooling depending on necessary 2021 Covid protocols.
- We‘ll process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt. A $300 deposit will hold your space. Cancellation and Refund info is at the bottom of the Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)
- We’ll send a Supply List and more detailed info after you Register, and again about 2 weeks before the class. Print and tuck into your painting kit…then you’ll know where to find it all! It has the answers to most of your questions!
- If you will need mediums, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy when you get to class. You are also welcome to ship materials to arrive the week before…ask about details!
- The first day, the Studio will open at 8:15 AM… Classes run M-F usually between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…always an average of 6 hours/day, but starting and ending times may vary according to your instructor.
- We always have a 1 hr lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting. We order in the AM and deliver to your location…you pay in cash on the last day before you leave!
- Our Studios are large, with good light and waterviews; you’ll have your own table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. It is possible to stay and paint after hours, we’ll explain the logistics!
- The Plein Air plan for the day is weather-dependent and decided at the end of the previous day if possible, or more likely, when we meet in the Studio each morning! Make sure your Class Monitors know where you have set up, and try to stay close to the demo area. Less running around for them, more time for feedback to you!
- There is free parking at the Studio building, which is within a few blocks of downtown.
- We usually carpool (or sometimes walk if it’s close) to Plein Air painting sites, many of which have shade and at the least, a porta-potty or nearby facilities. You will get good directions. Please, do NOT depend on your GPS unless we say so!
- Each class has an experienced Monitor (or two!) as your Go-To person for any problems or needs…please ask…we all will do our absolute best to see that you have a great class experience!
- Downtown in both locations has great galleries, shops and food and the area is full of wonderful places to paint, many accessible to the single painter that a class can’t utilize…if you can, take a look around!
- For Lodging (scroll down for Belfast) and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.
- If you have any problems, tell us!! We can’t fix anything if we don’t hear till you get home. Be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!