Artist Profile

Rita W. Bond

Medium: Oil, acrylic

Description:  Colorful paintings of coastal scenes, New England and travels

My work as a painter is an out-growth of my observations and studies of color, space, and the natural rhythms of the world. In my art, I attempt to reflect and heighten my responses to the landscape, whether it is urban or rural, interior or exterior. I am not interested in merely copying the landscape, but rather, emphasizing the salient features, especially color, as it is filtered through my own perceptions. I am always conscious of the interplay of light and atmosphere, of the time of day, of the passing of the seasons. As I’ve visited New England and other countries, I am drawn to the notion of travel as a metaphor for life passing. As such, I have been interested in evoking the transitory qualities of images and atmospheric effects, often viewed in motion, and have tried to portray that as well. Bio: A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Rita W. Bond is a longtime resident of Simsbury and holds a Master’s Degree in English from Columbia University. After studying at the New York Botanical Garden, she became a landscape designer and lecturer. An interest in color and design led her to study art at the West Hartford Art League under Frank Federico, Ilona Levitz, and Bill Simpson, and others. She has also studied with Eric Aho in Vermont and Camille Przewodek at the Cape Cod School of Art. She is a member of the West Hartford Art League, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and the Avon Art Association. Rita’s paintings, created in oil, acrylic and pastel, have been shown in numerous juried art shows and local galleries. They are in collections in Great Britain and throughout the United States, including the permanent collections of the University of Connecticut Health Center and Bay State Medical Center. She has in many juried shows, including the Hartford Symphony, the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, West Hartford Artwalk, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. In 2015 her work received the Acrylic Painting Award at the West Hartford Art League CT+6. Solo shows have included Celeste LeWitt Gallery at the University of Connecticut Health Center and the Ethel Walker School Gallery. She has also been a visiting artist in the Simsbury, CT public schools and the Ethel Walker School. Rita is the founder and former president of Simsbury Open Studios. She can be reached at: (860) 658-2508

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