We invite you to share in the journey of Bonnie Mohr and her vocation of creating rural American and Inspirational artwork, through these videos: Sit back, relax, and enjoy a behind-the-scene peek at the interviews and what makes Bonnie Mohr one of todays’ most enjoyed and celebrated artists.

Submitted on: May 11th, 2010

The artist of our brand new Foster Mothers of the Human Race painting is certainly entrenched in the realities of today’s dairy industry. She lives (and breathes) it every day on her family’s dairy farm located in Glencoe, McLeod County, Minn., just an hour from the Twin Cities. Learn about Bonnie’s background filled with cows in this video message from Bonnie!

Submitted on: April 16th, 2010

Bonnie has completed the underpainting, and has progressed into using several colors in the painting. Listen as she talks about a challenging breed to paint.

Submitted on: April 6th, 2010

Bonnie continues with the painting of the Foster Mothers of the Human Race. Listen to some of the challenges she is encountering as she paints this special image.

Submitted on: March 30th, 2010

Bonnie is hard at work on the new Foster Mothers of the Human Race painting, and we are excited to share this video message from Bonnie about the underpainting — the monochrome framework of the finished piece.

Submitted on: March 23rd, 2010

A cow is not just a cow to Bonnie Mohr. She is currently laboring over each breed to give them all the most realistic look as possible. In this video message from Bonnie (sketch pencil in hand), she discusses her keen attention to each of the breed’s unique qualities and to the structure of every cow. We’d like to thank Bonnie’s daughter, Taylor, for helping film this video post. And, if you saw this video and were excited to see an early preview of the entire sketch of the painting, think again. We’ve altered the video just enough so you can’t see the entire image. Don’t worry. It’s not your screen; the video looks “dreamy” on purpose.

Submitted on: March 16th, 2010

With her feet planted deep in the soil of rural Minnesota, Bonnie Mohr doesn’t just paint life in rural America — she lives it every day. Her’s comes complete with a husband, five kids all actively involved in the dairy industry, a herd of Holsteins and Jerseys, and a dog named Stella. Also, we’d like to extend our congratulations to Bonnie for recently becoming the mother of Minnesota’s Jersey Queen. Learn more about Bonnie and her upbringing as a reader of Hoard’s Dairyman in this video below.

Submitted on: March 9th, 2010

While 2010 marks the beginning of a new decade, it also marks a momentous occasion for Hoard’s Dairyman. On January 23, 1885, William Dempster Hoard launched the first edition of Hoard’s Dairyman. This year, our 125th anniversary, we’ve asked world-renowned dairy artist Bonnie Mohr of Glencoe, Minn., to help us create an updated Foster Mothers of the Human Race painting. With a century and a quarter under our belts, we know this fresh look on the famous Foster Mothers print will be a great launching point for future years of service to the dairy industry. The original Foster Mothers print was created in 1957 followed by updates in 1963, 1991, and 1993 — all of which were painted by former Hoard’s Dairyman Art Director James Baird.

You’ll find this all-new painting on the June 2010 cover of Hoard’s Dairyman. This celebratory issue will highlight landmarks of the dairy industry and Hoard’s Dairyman in the past 125 years. Luckily, you won’t have to wait until June to get a sneak peak of the painting. We’ll be catching up with Bonnie throughout the painting process. Recently, we sat down with Bonnie to visit with her about her excitement for this project.

Submitted on: November 1st, 2008

Here is a clip about Bonnie, the farm, and her painting, from the PBS show that recently aired. Just click on the scroll bar below to watch the clip. Be patient, it might take a minute or two to load completely.


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