Lost and Found II

August 30, 2017

e Lost and Found II WC on Claybd 15“Lost and Found II”

11 x 14” Watercolor and Ink on Ampersand Claybord

Stillness mixed with the roar of the surf coming in: look for treasure in life’s simple gifts.  This image is inspiration for a triptych I am currently working on.  I am drawn to the idea of something that was lost and once again found.

Lightening the Load

August 23, 2017

Halseydutton_Lightening the Load_ 30x30 Oil on Canvas 17Lightening the Load

30 x 30″ Oil on Canvas

Inspired by an event during the Lewis and Clark Expedition where a barrel of beads was lost overboard. Trade beads were one of many items brought along on the trip to use as currency and to broach interaction between cultures. What by today’s standards seem to be cheap trinkets were in fact quite expensive goods during early trade in North America. Where the technology required to create these beads was unavailable, the desire to obtain them was great.  Much like digital technology and scientific knowledge is today… 





River Relics

May 11, 2017

River Relics 24x36 Oil on Canvas 17River Relics

24 x 36″ Oil on Canvas

Not all my paintings are watercolor on claybord. This painting is an oil on canvas piece. I am focused upon the unknown: the hidden remnants of humankind’s mark upon the earth.  In the Lewis and Clark journals, there is an  entry that describes the near capsizing of one of their boats, which resulted in loss of a barrel of  beads.  This missing cargo represented the potential inability to trade and commune with Native American tribes whom they anticipated coming into contact with during their trek across the United States continent. Thus, they are lost to time and have become relics for future generations to find.

Formation of the Trade Black Hole

May 9, 2017

e Formation of a Trade Black Hole 24x36 WC on Claybd 17“Formation of the Trade Black Hole”

24 x 36″ Watercolor on Claybord

This painting expresses my views about the inevitability of global  trade… legal and illegal.  The cultural and economic interdependence  formed by governmental and individual negotiation is non-quantifiable and self-perpetuating.  


April 28, 2017

e Interconnectedness 11x14 WC on CB 15“Interconnectedness”

11 x 14: Watercolor and Ink on Claybord

Trade beads in my paintings are symbolic of desire for manmade goods and interconnectedness of cultures: of technological advances and economic trade. At a time of increasing nationalism, the interconnection that exists bears reminding. No country exists as an island unto itself. 

Sunken Gems

July 26, 2016

e Sunken Gems 8x8 WC on Claybd 15“Sunken Gems”

8 x 8” Watercolor and Ink on Clayboard

A boat passing above on the surface, unaware of what is just beneath the surface. How often are we each unaware of what is just beneath the surfaces of our lives if we only looked!!

Lost and Found III

July 17, 2016

e Lost and Found III 36 x 24%22 WC on Claybd 15“Lost and Found III”
24 x 36” Watercolor and Ink on Clayboard

A gemlike glow symbolic of gifts found within a sacred life that all have been given.

Trade Turned Dark

July 14, 2016

E Trade Turned Dark 11x30 WC 15“Trade Turned Dark”

11 x 30” Watercolor and Ink on Paper

Trade beads have a dark history of human enslavement and deception.


July 11, 2016

E Tumble 11x14 Wc on Clybd 15“Tumble”

11 x 14” Watercolor and Ink on Clayboard

A fiction: a profusion of color, texture and action.

Story Inside a Sioux Tipi

June 29, 2016

Images inside a buffalo hide tipiStory Inside a Sioux Tipi

16 x 20” Framed Oil Painting on Canvas

Symbolically, images from Plains Indians winter counts were juxtaposed into the heights of the teepee in this painting, to inspire the thought of the narrative manner in which culture was passed along before recorded history.

Recently returning to the Black Hills area, I have been busily promoting my art this past month. This original painting along with many artworks I have created will be on display at the newly opened Rim Rock Lodge Gallery in Spearfish Canyon from June 30 – 22.

Check out the Rim Rock Lodge website: http://www.rimrocklodge.com

As stated on their site: Rim Rock Lodge is pleased to announce the art opening reception of works by Bonnie Halsey-Dutton on July 7 from 5pm-7pm. Bonnie’s art also will be featured at Rim Rock Lodge from June 30-July 22. To attend the art opening, please RSVP to vacation@rimrocklodge.com or (605) 642-3192. We look forward to seeing you.

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