About the Artist

New York City was my birthplace and home for life, or so I thought. That changed eight years ago, when I left all that was familiar for a new life here on the uniquely beautiful island of St. Croix.

My first interest had always been painting but a lack of space in NYC limited my opportunity to set up a permanent workspace.After attending Parsons School of Design in NYC, I found myself absorbed in textile design and worked with several European textile companies for over 20 years developing original designs for womens’ clothing and home furnishings.

I was also an avid animal lover and gave 5 years of volunteer service to the Wildlife Conservation Society by becoming a docent at the Central Park Zoo.

The synchronicity or “ St.Croix-nicity “of life, as I like to refer to it, has enabled these two passions of mine to intersect.

I made the move to St. Croix shortly after September 11, 2001 as a result of yet another dance with St. Croix-nicity. Through the serendipitous marvel of the internet, I met and later married a remarkable man who happened to live here!

The melding of culture and nature that exists on St. Croix inspires me every day.The daily infusion of light and color is an artists’ dream.

The opportunity to have adopted two cats and two dogs from the animal shelter here in addition to feeding wild birds that fly to our feeders ( bats too !) is a daily joy.

My work has been sold in galleries here on St.Croix, in New York and is held in private collections.

25 Responses to “About the Artist”

  1. Valrica Bryson/Music Educator Says:

    this is beautiful bonnie, congratulations on your blog.

  2. Skip Moss Says:

    Hi Bonnie!
    Your paintings are wonderful, Just like the artist!
    Well done

  3. mbaldwinfineart Says:

    Dear Bonnie,
    It is delightful that you took a moment to leave your sweet comment about my Molly and the Happy Cow painting. Thank you so much. I am also blown away by your beautiful works of art, my favorite being When the Rooster crows at Dawn. Your sense of design and use of color and contrast is inspiring. Beautiful works of art. I am in awe.
    Marcia

    http://mbaldwinfineart.blogspot.com/

  4. Paz Says:

    Hi Bonnie:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I enjoyed reading it. I’m excited to see and read about your art work created on this beautiful-sounding island. Awesome!

    Best,
    Paz

  5. Paz Says:

    P.S. Beautiful photo of you!

    Paz

  6. rick mobbs Says:

    Thanks for visiting my site, Bonnie. I intend to come back here again and again.

  7. rick mobbs Says:

    p.s. I’m glad what you found there spoke to you. Thanks for your generous note.

  8. bonnieluria Says:

    Paz- thanks so much for the re-visit. Yes, this island is uniquely stunning in its’ geography and its’ humanity. Great combinations for any artist. Bring your camera and visit this place.
    PS- the photo is the work of a supremely talented photographer here at D&D Studio, Christiansted, VI.
    I just showed up- he did the rest.

    Rick- I’m honored- and now, better be motivated to produce again, knowing you’ll be back! This is the peer classroom I most appreciate now.

  9. Noel Luria Says:

    I have a great affinity for the artist both in terms of ability and genetic similartity.

    She never ceases to amaze me…

    Noel

  10. w1kkp Says:

    Seriously. This blogging thing is going to explode my mind. I do this ridiculous photograph of a 20 minute microwaved potato and end up here in St. Croix with an artist as beautiful as her landscape and paintings. I’ve just come from Nathaliewithanh’s site and so, through her art and beauty, I really am coming here from Paris.

    I cannot paint a lick but love hearing artists talk about how they approach their work, and the accidents of their art that turn into the art itself. Sometimes I try things I read about. Your blog is rich with suggestions and generous detail. Your paintings of the women of the islands, the pregnant woman, the mother and her 6 month old baby…so, so beautiful.

    I have to turn this computer off now. My head is swimming with color and shapes and ideas for tomorrow. Now, that is the gift you two artists have given me today.

  11. bonnieluria Says:

    Thanks Pat, and I would write more in response to this comment, but I’m bleary eyed from having just gone through your entire archive.
    I’m going to elbow some of your strident fans and followers out of the way to make room for me on that list.

    Love your brevity, pointedness, smart sarcasm, topics, and photography.

  12. alntv Says:

    I really like the pictures you have on your site! I would love to see more of your work. Do you have a gallery on St. Croix? Or a website that spotlights your work? :-)

  13. bonnieluria Says:

    alntv-Thanks so much for the kind comment above. ( I really enjoy your site too ). I don’t have a gallery, we really don’t have the population numbers to support one. I had 2 shows here this past winter and sold almost everything.
    Best place to see most of what I’ve done is to go to the past archives. I started this blog in November of last year and oh how I love the whole premise of it.

    I don’t produce enough quantity to put on a website- I just paint as I can and show it here.
    Next season, come winter when our population swells some more, I hope to present at the same two shows I did last year.

    Art, like music speaks a universal language that needs little or no translation. It either moves you or it doesn’t.

  14. Ginger Anderson Says:

    Hey Bonnie! Read through your blog this morning to catch up with your doings. Glad to see you’re working in oils now! Your painitings are wonderfully loose and really catch the spirit of the islands. Do I detect some “one stroke at a time” technique there along with some yin/yang focus? :^) Bruce would be proud of you! Love your photos, too, and sense of humor often seen in them!

  15. Vitale Says:

    Hi I LOVE that piece called Trinidad Market Girl….Is there a way I could purchase this piece? or a copy of it?

    Let me know, your work is beautiful! Thanks!

  16. Diane Bronstein Says:

    I would love to feature your work on my blog… is that ok?

  17. susan hong-sammons Says:

    I love your figure paintings ( and envy where you live). Can’t wait to see more of your work.

  18. planoaddlct Says:

    i looked through many of your posts. your artwork is beautiful. i especially love the limited pallette paintings.

    keep truckin’. you’re artwork is inspiring.

  19. Robert Leedy Says:

    Bonnie,
    Enjoyed your site and your wonderful paintings. I also lived on St. Croix years ago; I arrived on the island right after Hurricane Hugo and worked for Tom Hannon Co. (later absorbed by Bellows International) selling wine. I was only on St. Croix for about a year then was transferred over to St. Thomas. I met my wife at a business dinner at the Cormorant Hotel and our first date was at Dino’s (no longer in existence). I remember the French guy who was the wine buyer for Dino’s – Phillippe – was married to a terrific painter named Patty. I doubt they are still there. I later moved to Puerto Rico and got married. My wife & I were married on Nevis at the Nisbett Plantation. My wife accepted a position with her company in Europe which began a series of moves all over the world. I have been painting full time since.

    I remember the small, daily frustrations of life in St. Croix but you learned to laugh and deal with it. I also remember catching glimpses of that beautiful horizontal band of turquoise and feeling lucky to be living in such a beautiful place. Though it’s nice to be living amongst the conveniences of The States, I often long for a more simpler life in the islands.

    I will check into your blog when I get those longings. Thanks!

  20. carrie jacobson Says:

    Hi, Bonnie – When you left a comment on my blog, I visited yours – thinking, as you said, that if Jala Pfaff thinks it’s worth the time, it probably is. And Wow! It is!

    I really love your sunny, moody portraits – Your people are so alive, I feel I could sit right down and pour a cup of coffee for them and one for me, and just start talking. Your landscapes, too – you might feel rusty, but they seem sunny and fresh as could be. Good writing, too!

    I also like your habit of including a photo. What a lovely discovery, this chilly Tuesday morning. Thank you for your work. I’ll be back!

  21. Bonnie Luria Says:

    Hi Carrie and welcome here too. Thanks so much for leaving your lovely comments.
    I always appreciate knowing that the words as well as the photos keep readers interested enough to continue and coming back.

    As I’ll do with yours.

  22. robin mandelbaum Says:

    i found you again after all these years – in macy’s of all godforsaken places, hilarious and so “meant to be”. i am so glad we can keep in touch now.

  23. robin mandelbaum Says:

    your work is beautiful – the paintings as well as the photography!

  24. Franz Kolb Says:

    hi neighbor,
    I like your paintings
    franz (you know….transfertex)

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