"There is something about a masterfully executed painting that touches the inner soul.â€ť â€“Bonnie Conrad OPA
Bonnie Conrad O.P.A. is motivated by color. Conrad wants to evoke an emotional response from her viewer. She wants the art enthusiast to hear the drum beat and feel the excitement radiating from a dancing Indian child; to re-live a tender moment between a mother and her offspring or to taste the dust and feel the sun on their face as they view a western ranch scene. â€śThere is something about a masterfully executed painting that touches the inner soul.â€ť
Art of the West magazine named Conrad one of eight â€śartists to keep and eye onâ€ť as did Southwest Art after that. In May of 1996 she was invited to join the Western Academy of Women Artists (later changed to American Academy of Women Artists), she served as itâ€™s President for three and a half years. In 2006 Conrad was invited to Signature status in the prestigious Oil Painters of America as well as by the American Plains Artists. In 2008, American Women Artists invited Conrad to Signature status. She now serves on the Board of Directors of that organization.