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  • “The Improbability of Love”The Improbability of Love

    A young man loves a young woman who is not interested while a harlequin clown watches them. [theme was taken from the novel] pastels 13" x 17"

  • “At The Party”At The Party

    Three Young Men standing Around At The Party Pastels 13" x 17"

  • “Street Meet”Street Meet

    Two young men confront a young women\ Pastels 13" x 17"

  • 4 Trees and a Red Kite near Lake Michigan Acrylics 11" x 14"

  • “Three Threes”Three Threes

    Three trees in a field Acrylics 11' x 14"

  • “Up North---Wisconsin”Up North---Wisconsin

    Cottage on a lake Acrylics 11" x 14"

  • “Red Boat #2”Red Boat #2

    Red boat on a lake on a stormy day Acrylics 11' x 14"

  • “Red Boat”Red Boat

    Red Canoe on shore of a lake Acrylics 11" x 14"

  • “Tuesday Nite at Jazz Gallery”Tuesday Nite at Jazz Gallery

    Jazz Combo Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “The Story of Naomi & Ruth but Not Orpah”The Story of Naomi & Ruth but Not Orpah

    Biblical story of Ruth, Naomi and Orpah Pastels 18" x 24"

  • “Fox Brook Park, Brookfield, WI”Fox Brook Park, Brookfield,  WI

    Road and trees at Fox Brook Park Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “Villa Terrace”Villa Terrace

    Terrace of Villa Terrace Milwaukee Wisconsin Acrylics 12' x 16"

  • “The Secret”The Secret

    two women in an intimate moment pastels 12" x 17"

  • “Clinic Visit”Clinic Visit

    portrait, two pregnant women pastels 12" x 17"

  • “Witch of Endor, King Saul, Prophet Samuel”Witch of Endor, King Saul, Prophet Samuel

    Old testament bible story pastels 18" x 24"

  • “Balcony Dreaming”Balcony Dreaming

    Portrait, woman pastels 12: x 17"

  • “A Blue Day”A Blue Day

    portrait, woman in blue

  • “At The Races”At The Races

    Two men at a racetrack under a poster Pastels 12" x 17:

  • “The prayer”The prayer

    Young woman praying, portrait pastels 17" x 12"

  • “Echo”Echo

    woman with 2 echos, portrait pastels 17" x 12"

  • “Dancing”Dancing

    woman dancing the cha-cha, portrait Caran d'ache 12" x 16"

  • “Blue Madonna”Blue Madonna

    woman, portrait pastels 17" x 12"

  • “Red Dress”Red Dress

    Woman, red dress, portrait pastels

  • “Red, Blue & Yellow”Red, Blue & Yellow

    woman, portrait, red, yellow & blue Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “Madison Protestor”Madison Protestor

    woman, Madison capital, protester, portrait Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “Portrait of an Artist #4”Portrait of an Artist #4

    woman, artist, Portrait Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “Blue Madonna”Blue Madonna

    woman, Portrait Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “Sabbath Candles #2”Sabbath Candles #2

    woman, candles,portrait of a Jewish Woman Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “Sabbath Candles #1”Sabbath Candles #1

    woman saying prayers over candles, portrait Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “The Problem Solver”The Problem Solver

    man, portrait Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “The Gorgoyle”The Gorgoyle

    man portrait, red, blue, green Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “Statuesque”Statuesque

    woman standing before striped curtain, portrait Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “Yoga Pose”Yoga Pose

    woman in a yoga pose, portrait Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “Awakening #2”Awakening #2

    man holding himself, portrait Conte Crayon 12" x 16"

  • “The Zombie”The Zombie

    man, conte crayon,portrait Pastels 12" x 16"

  • “In 6 Days, G-d Created the World.”In 6 Days, G-d Created the World.

    Bible story, the 6 days of creation [Genesis] conte crayon 18" x 24"

  • “A Time to Sleep”A Time to Sleep

    woman, sleeping, portrait conte crayon 11" x 14" Sold

  • “A Time to Muse”A Time to Muse

    .woman thinking, portrait Conte Crayon 11"x 14" Sold

  • “Bubbles”Bubbles

    woman watching bubbles, portrait Conte Crayon 11" x 14"

  • “Blondie”Blondie

    woman walking in the woods, portrait Conte Crayon 11" x 14" Sold

  • “Limerence”Limerence

    woman watching someone she is in love with, portrait Pastels 12" x 17"

  • “Someday I will....”Someday I will....

    woman looking at the future, Portrait Conte crayon drawing 12" x 17" Sold

  • “The Dancer”The Dancer

    woman dancing, portrait conte crayon drawing 11" x 14"

  • “The Riddle”The Riddle

    man thinking of the answer, portrait Conte crayon drawing, 12" x 16"

  • “Morning in the Cafe”Morning in the Cafe

    woman, portrait of Jeanne Oliveri talking on her cell phone in a cafe setting. Caran d'ache 12" x 16"

  • “A Quiet Moment”A Quiet Moment

    man, beach, portrait conte crayon 11" x 14"

  • “Up North”Up North

    woman at the beach, portrait Conte Crayon 11" x 14"

  • “A Pregnant Moment”A Pregnant Moment

    Woman during her pregnancy Conte Crayon 12" x 18" Sold

  • “Portrait of an Artist”Portrait of an Artist

    woman, portrait of Jeanne Oliveri painting oil pastels 12" x 16"

  • “Let's GO! NOW!”Let's GO!  NOW!

    Woman with sweater over shoulder, portrait conte crayon 12" x 16"

  • “Deep In Thought”Deep In Thought

    woman thinking, portrait Pastels 11" x 14"

  • “Alone in a Confusing World”Alone in a Confusing World

    woman in a relaxed condition thinking of her life Conte Crayon 11" x 14" Sold

  • “Boerner Botanical Garden, Milwaukee”Boerner Botanical Garden, Milwaukee

    woman artist, 2 workers in a flower garden. landscape oil pastels 12" x 16" Sold

  • “Suburban Birthday”Suburban Birthday

    woman blowing out her birthday candle acryllics 18" x 24"

  • “California Dreaming”California Dreaming

    man, portrait of bob bruch acrylics 18" 24"

  • “Untitled”Untitled

    woman, nude Conte crayon 18" x 24"

  • “The Party”The Party

    woman at a party conte crayon portrait 12" x 16"

  • “The Awakening”The Awakening

    man at the beach coming to a reaization, portrait Conte crayon 18" x 24"

  • “The Argument”The Argument

    woman with her significant other during an argument Conte crayon 18" x 24"

  • “Senora Dolor”Senora Dolor

    old woman sitting in the country, portrait Conte crayon 18" x 24"

  • “Senorita Dolor”Senorita Dolor

    young woman feeling sad, portrait conte crayon portrait 18" x 24" Sold

  • “Sabra”Sabra

    Israeli woman, portrait Conte crayon portrait 12" x 16"

  • “Remembrance”Remembrance

    woman sitting outside at night Conte crayon protrait 18" x 24"

  • “Pretty Boy at the Beach”Pretty Boy at the Beach

    Man sitting on the beach Conte crayon portrait 18" x 24"

  • “Portrait of Bob Bruch”Portrait of Bob Bruch

    man, portrait of bob bruch Conte crayon 18" x 24" NFS

  • “Please gods...A baby!”Please gods...A baby!

    African Amercan woman praying to gods pastels 18" x 24"

  • “Natasha III”Natasha III

    Girl,portrait Conte crayon 18" x 24" Sold

  • “Natasha II”Natasha II

    woman, portrait Conte Crayon portrait 18" x 24"

  • “Natasha I”Natasha I

    woman, portrait Conte crayon 16" x 20" NFS

  • “Irish Dancer”Irish Dancer

    Irish girl getting ready to perform Conte crayon 18" x 24" Sold

  • “Free Spirit at Rest”Free Spirit at Rest

    man who finally is at peace with his life, portrait Conte crayon 18" x 24"

  • “Free At Last!”Free At Last!

    woman dancing on the beach Conte crayon 24" x 18"

  • “Grandma, Ma and Me”Grandma, Ma and Me

    Portrait of 3 women Conte crayon 12" x 16"

  • “Coming To America”Coming To America

    woman sitting on her suitcase at Ellis Island, Portrait Conte crayon 18" x 24" Sold

  • “Closed Down”Closed Down

    Woman who is closed down, Portrait Conte Crayon 12" x 16

  • “Blue Moon”Blue Moon

    woman sitting under a sun lamp Pastels 16" x 20"

  • “Adam After the Apple”Adam After the Apple

    man, bible story, portrait conte crayon 18" x 24" NFS

  • “Eve After the Apple”Eve After the Apple

    woman, bible story, portrait Conte crayon portrait 18" x 24" NFS

  • “Waiting for You”Waiting for You

    woman sitting in a hotel lobby, portrait Conte crayon 18" x 24"

Bonita Bruch

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artist bio

Bonita Bruch is an active member of the Milwaukee Sketch Club,Wisconsin Pastel Artists, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Jewish Artists Laboratory, Riverwest Artists Associ-ation, League of Milwaukee Artists, and MARN [Milwaukee Artists Regional Network]

She attended Layton School of Art for two years, then graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BA degree in Journalism and Fine Arts. For 36 years, she pursued a writing/ fund-raising/nonprofit career. In 1999, she rediscovered her interest in creating visual art while recuperating from a broken knee.

artist statement

I strive to create painterly, stylistic portraits of people caught unaware in a moment in time...a moment that all experience.
I love working with conte crayons, pastels & oil pastels because I love smudging the drawing into a story. Most of my portraits come from 5,10, 15-20 minutes sketches.
My plein air paintings and still lifes are done with acrylics and caran d'ache I enjoy making them.loud, boisterous, and sometimes sassy.

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