The Legacy Project
Tilden Daken’s Granddaughter is Preserving His Legacy
“The actual is more astounding than the imaginary,” Tilden Daken once said of his life. Famous in his day, he was one of the most adventurous painters in the West and his art is revered by thousands of collectors, yet most know little about his past. Now his incomparable life and substantial oeuvre is being brought to the forefront by the granddaughter he never knew, Bonnie Portnoy. Over the past two decades, she has gathered a treasure trove of stories about his past, visited his favorite haunts, discovered his art, and unraveled his mysteries.
A Book is in the Works
Bonnie has written her grandfather’s biography and is seeking publication. The account is based on family lore, hundreds of newspaper articles, letters he wrote to public figures, and autobiographical short stories he penned. His story reveals not only his unrivaled adventures and personal struggles but the many notable people with whom he mingled—politicians, activists, Hollywood celebrities, naturalists, writers, journalists, and other California Impressionists. Set in the cultural and historical context of his time–California at the turn of the 20th century–his story captures the many intriguing, little-known sides of the artist and the extremes he endured to capture his scenes on canvas.
Granddaughter Bonnie Portnoy
A native Californian born in Marin County, Bonnie held senior management positions in merchandising, marketing, and operations for four respected San Francisco Bay Area-based specialty retail companies, and traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. As art historian for her grandfather, she has established the Tilden Daken Legacy Project, leading her to art historians, authors, museum curators, galleries, auction houses, and the many passionate collectors who have joined in her mission to secure his place in history. Bonnie often speaks at public and private venues about Tilden Daken and welcomes your questions!
Bonnie wants to hear from Tilden Daken collectors!
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