Bronna has completed over 130 commissioned portraits of executives, actors, fashion designers, politicians, popes, nuns, adults, children, babies, horses, cats, dogs, houses, churches and cars. Created imagery for cards, brochures, bulletins, mailers, prayer cards, calendars and other printed materials.
New York Academy of Art, NYC, Flemish painting & other techniques
Studied with professional artist S. Allyn Schaeffer (who studied with Brackman, who studied with Henri, who studied with Eakins and Bouguereau, and so forth back through time).
Studied numerous 12th – 18th century treatises on painting.
Bronna’s life has been a woven fabric of Arts and Sciences. An early interest in both areas resulted in two rotating careers, one in the visual arts and another in finance/science. Her current artwork, multifaceted glass, mirror and metal sculptural-portraits of mathematicians, physicists and the general sciences, unites her two passions. Stylistically, Bronna’s painting techniques are derived from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. During these two periods of art, artists were involved in the “science” of the arts including the chemistry of their paints, precise anatomy and perspective, architectural principles and scientifically-based observations. The content and purpose of art, during these periods, also embraced the sciences and mathematics.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, University of Missouri
Graduate art work, one year, at Idaho State University
Master of Science degree in Accountancy, University of Missouri
Bronna paints with vitreous paints, along with yellow and orange nitrated silver stains, on clear or colored handmade, mouth-blown (then flattened) glass. The glass is fired in a kiln to permanently adhere the paint/stain to the glass.
Bronna paints using 14th – 19th century style oil painting techniques. A monochromatic base painting (grisaille) is painted first and thin layers of oil color are glazed on top to create intense colors, the appearance of depth and a shimmering effect.
St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster, N.Y. – Adapted/redesigned compositions and painted them on two, 24 X 64 in. stained glass windows, 2015.
Stained glass window commissions for private residences, 2013 – 2014.
Maryrest Mausoleum Chapel, Mahwah, N.J. – Designed and painted 840 sq. ft. of new stained glass windows, 2011 - 2012.
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark - Designed a 20.4 ft. tall, 911 Memorial monument for Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, N.J. Bronna also served as the project manager for the construction of the monument, along with its 60 X 42 ft. base, in stainless steel, titanium, granite and stained glass, 2008 - 2011.
Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Hoboken, N.J. – Designed and painted Sts. Peter and Paul images in oil paint on a 12.5 X 8 ft., arched linen canvas with a dibond substrate, 2009.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, N.J. - Designed and painted a 72 X 120 in. triptych in oil paint on linen, with a fiberglass substrate, for the crypt chapel, 2008.
Archdiocese of Newark – Designed and painted images for six Archdiocese Christmas cards, 2003 – 2008. Archdiocese Office of Divine Worship Newsletter, “Word on Worship” - drew portraits of four Popes and other illustrations, 2012 - 2013.