Born in Canberra, Australia, Bonnie McArthur graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Visual Art from The Australian National University, majoring in Painting, Sculpture and Film and has since exhibited her hyper-realistic oil portraits across Australia in both group and solo shows.
Travelling between Australian Sustainable/Intentional community models for three years to film her short film series: 'The Reality: Shorts Films Exploring Sustainable Alternative Lifestyle Options and Free Community Living', McArthur worked in her bus, on-the road, as a freelance portraiture artist for three years, painting highly discounted oil portraits by commission for low-income earning families who otherwise could not afford portraits of their loved ones.
Beginning her journey around Australia to promote currently existing sustainability-based community models, that preserve our global natural environment; inhibit the decline of non-renewable resources; liberate man from convenience age dependency and prioritise occupational choices and personal fulfilment, McArthur works towards developing lifestyle options whose methods stand in contrast to the hazards posed by our modern footprint, providing an alternative evidence-based lifestyle option shown through the window of film and media.
Currently based in the South Coast of Australia, McArthur spends her time simultaneously pursuing her artistic and musical careers, whilst working in conjunction with other filmmakers towards the release of her Intentional community research.
'The necessaries of life for man in this climate
may, accurately enough,
be distributed under the several heads of
Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Fuel;
for not till we have secured these are
we prepared to entertain the true problems of life
with freedom and a prospect of success.
But when a man is warmed what does he want next?
Surely not more warmth of the same kind,
as more and richer food, larger and more splendid houses,
finer and more abundant clothing, more numerous, incessant, and hotter fires, and the like.
When he has obtained those things which are necessary to life, there is another alternative than to obtain the superfluities;
and that is, to adventure on life now,
his vacation from humbler toil having commenced.'
- Henry David Thoreau, 'Walden'.