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Over twenty years ago Bonnie started her exploration of techniques and use of color both in printmaking and in painting. While first at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and then at Washington University in St. Louis she learned printmaking techniques including lithography, block printing and etching and was later introduced to collagraphy. Coupled with an intensive curiosity about the printmaking techniques came a great interest in exploring spatial relationships and volume with her oil painting work.
Great colorists such as Van Gogh and Matisse were the inspiration for her early work. Later she became attuned to the work of such artists as Vuillard and Bonnard who are renowned for their color and pattern work, albeit a much more subtle use of color from those of Van Gogh and Matisse. Both periods of her work have been instrumental in moving her forward in how she utilizes her technique and how she chooses color. No longer does she rely on others colorways but sees her colors as a translation of how she feels about her subject and the story she is trying to tell.
For Bonnie subject matter has tended toward still lives. Her early work was predominately about pottery and reflections and their inter-relationships. These provided a good avenue to explore color and play with spatial relationships. Her colors are all important.
Other subjects have developed over the years, most recently she has been working with rural landscapes primarily inspired by photoraphs taken by her sister, Kathryn. It is all part of an evolution of seeing things in her way and offering them to others to experience.
Over the past 15 years Bonnie has exhibited her work in numerous major cities and is included in many corporate collections. A sampling of the corporations that have purchased Bonnie’s work include: Allied Signal Corp., Cigna, Citicorp, Marriott Corp. and PepsiCo, Inc.