Scottsdale Living Magazine January 2013, Featuring Bonetti and Lealand Beaman

Scottsdale Living

Featured Artist

Leland Beaman

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“Through my eyes and onto the canvas, abstraction captures the spirit of the composition, and realism brings to life the soul and flesh of the subject. We create our environment, then our environment creates us. I hope my paintings will contribute to the joy, discovery, and appreciation of our surroundings.”

Life, according to Beaman is a process, not a series of events which he practices in the joyful strokes of color progressing toward a subject, moving and changing. Accurate detail is acknowledged, appreciated and blurred to enhance the radiance of moving life.

Early in his career, Beaman painted with a safe and realistic technique. As he matured he felt constricted by the conformity. “My life evolved from needing a precise structure to desiring my own personal expression,” he said. “Abstraction sets reality to music by orchestrating colors on canvas like a musician arranged notes for a symphony. I hope to compose a harmonious blend, pleasing to the eye, but also exciting and stimulating to the soul.”


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After obtaining his Master’s Degree in Painting, Bonetti lived and worked in France and Italy. His artistic inspiration derives from the classical European painters of the 17th and 19th centuries. After several years of studying art history, he relocated to New York where his work was influenced by Contemporary American painters. The colors and style of the abstract expressionists dramatically changed Bonetti’s art perceptions.

Bonetti incorporates the effects of dramatic light and other details of the classical painters but paints the subjects in a contemporary way. In his abstract painting he is inspired by and uses colors seen in classical art. This unique artistic vision enables Bonetti to create warm and rich multilayered paintings which appeal to a broad audience.



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