Bo's love for wildlife began at the age of five and has continued to this day. As a painter of animals and their social behavior in the environments in which they live, he has a particular passion for the wildlife and landscapes of Africa. He has made several trips to Africa and has continued to paint this beautiful continent and its animals for over 30 years. He has studied the animals' anatomies, their social behavior and their relationships with other species in their environment.
While enjoying painting his subjects in the traditional manner, he began exploring and developing his own approach to wildlife. Early on, while studying art at Texas Tech University, he developed a strong interest in Surrealism and trompe l'oeil, which became an individual style that is present in his Tromp L'oeil work. Over the years, his own surrealistic approach to painting has allowed more freedom and expression in the way he feels toward his subjects By combining artifacts from various historical periods with animals and human subjects, he has developed a style which is specifically Bo Newell.
In 2017, Bo and his wife, Sheila, bought a home in Santa Fe with an extensive studio with views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains. Bo has immersed himself in the beauty of New Mexico’s landscapes and the intrigue of Native American cultures. His current work reflects his continued fascination with the land, the people, and the artifacts of the Land of Enchantment. This new direction broadened Bo’s subject matter and added a new dimension to his work. His newfound fascination with New Mexico has inspired some of the best pieces of his career.