Biography

Bonnie Lebesch is a visual artist, author, graphic designer and educator currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado. Lebesch creates abstract acrylic paintings and representational mixed media pieces that focus on intentional healing. She chooses subjects that are personal yet universally resonant, and utilizes techniques learned from healing modalities of indigenous peoples, alternative healing practices, and eastern medicine and philosophy.

Lebesch has applied her visual design talents to a wide variety of projects including photography, art video installation, print graphic design, interactive content design, educational materials and curricula development for the professional design software industry, until finally refocusing on a fine art career in 2005.

Bonnie Lebesch has designed and written a series of books titled The Illuminated Spirit, Illustrated Patterns of Subtle Energy. These drawings and accompanying text are informed by years of meditative practice and exploration of subtle states of consciousness and creativity.

The Healing Herb Series stem from an interest in the energetic healing properties of medicinal plants. Bonnie Lebesch used digital photographic montage to depict the alchemical properties of the plants used in traditional Chinese medicine. She explored working with locally harvested plants for their healing characteristics.

In 2006, Bonnie Lebesch was chosen to participate in Seattle's Artist Trust Edge Grant Program of professional development for emerging artists.

In 2009, Bonnie Lebesch began working with paint. Her interest in nature, healing plants, and subtle energy continued to inform her work as it expanded to include intentional healing ritual of mandala drawings.

Beginning in 2013, Bonnie Lebesch's series, the Love Letters, spurned a journey that dramatically deepened her creative process. It is an immensely intimate body of work, with each painting focused on healing a personal story. As her work continues to expand, she is focusing on universal themes in an attempt to bring understanding and balance to global communities.

Bonnie Lebesch received an MFA in Video Installation from New York University and BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois. She worked as a graphic designer in Boulder and Denver, CO, prior to entering graduate school. After receiving her graduate degree Lebesch moved to Seattle, WA where she pursued video art while simultaneously embarking on a fifteen-year career as a user interface designer. Her projects included designing for cd-rom, computer applications, the Internet,  museum exhibitions, and creating educational materials and curricula for the professional design software industry (1992-2006).

During that time her clients included Microsoft, Inc., Adobe Systems, Inc., Vulcan, and Weatherhead Design Group. She self-published an interactive children’s music toy titled Stella and the Star-Tones on CD-ROM, (1998), and an iPad app, (2011). She has earned numerous national and international design awards for her work as designer and art director.

Lebesch has taught at numerous colleges and universities including full time adjunct for Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts (Bellingham, WA), and part time adjunct for Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle), 911 Media Arts, (Seattle), Rutgers’s University (New Jersey), and various other institutions. She continues to teach classes and workshops on fine art and intentional healing in her studio.