Bonnie MacRae-Kilb lives in Calgary, Alberta, and was born into a family where aesthetic pursuits were commonplace. She had grandparents on both sides of her family that were visual artists.
Bonnie studied Art and Kinesiology at The University of Calgary where she received a Canada Council for the Arts Award to pursue print making under the direction of internationally acclaimed printmaker William (Bill) Laing. She also spent more than a decade travelling the world developing her artistic interests and athletic strengths as a member of The Canadian National Volleyball Team and playing professional volleyball in Italy and Switzerland.
She spent a couple decades as an Interior Designer, but currently is a full-time artist, painting "on her own terms".
Bonnie has these words to say about this particular body of work:
"The softened palette permeating this body of art comes to me from a place of love. “The colour pink represents compassion, nurturing and LOVE…It tones down the physical passion of red replacing it with a gentle loving energy. Pink is intuitive and insightful, showing tenderness and kindness with it’s empathy and sensitivity. In colour psychology, pink is a sign of HOPE.”
In my work I am depicting an emotional response to life. I do not paint from reference and my work is not meant to be a literal interpretation of a place or thing. My process involves intuition and emotion. As I imply or suggest, I am also celebrating order and chaos. I invite the viewer to see familiar subjects anew.
I have come to understand in the past year and a half that my life has not come full circle. My life is playing out of perceived order. It’s life carrying on. It’s the next breath I take. It’s the next thought I make. It’s the next emotion I visually create. In this I find brilliant energy that calms me, exposes me to my vulnerabilities and gives me hope. Wounds to my heart are being healed by this intuition and celebration of my son’s life, one which lit this world so brilliantly."