John Bonick, a Chicago native, currently lives and works in Napa Valley.  The natural and agricultural growth that surrounds him informs his work and reflects his overall fascination with connection and flow.  “The growth here is ubiquitous,” he says.  “From gorgeous gardens to hillside vineyards, the shoots and stems, the reaches of the vines and the branches of the river all reinforce the imagery -- natural conduits of energy, elemental forms in the field of all possibilities.”

Bonick has developed a vocabulary of imagery that centers around ribbons of light, color and energy.  Sometimes they are stacked on top of each other, sometimes they crisscross the picture plane in seemingly random directions, layer upon layer.

For him, the channels are metaphoric of a kind of connectivity and connectedness. Like binding fibers of the unified field, they can easily be called by other names: stems, branches, courses, arteries, veins, nerves, fiber optics, phone lines, roads, routes, maps, actions, reactions, paths, trails, conduits, meridians, vines, strings and blood lines – all channels that pulse with the continuous flow, a flow that binds and connects all things spiritual, informational, and biological