Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!
Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating?
Bonnie Hopper: I've been an active artist for about 10 years.
Do you work with other mediums?
I work in several mediums: acrylic, oil, printers ink and resin.
Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
My process depends on the medium; however, all paintings usually start with a sketch. For example, if I'm planning a Lino Print, I sketch out the idea first, transfer it onto the substrate, and do the carving. Once the negative space is carved out, I ink up the plate and make several prints. Working with resin is more spontaneous and is usually accomplished in one sitting.
Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from?
Mostly from photos and how they can be reimagined.
Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
A painting that I originally did in pastel called" Shades of Antebellum" and later reproduced in oil. To date, this painting has sold three times.
What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Rediscovering my passion for art 10 years ago after my niece Ashley asked me to do a portrait of my late sister. I've drawn almost every day since.
What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
I like caramel lattes.