I find the challenge of painting plein-air particularly enjoyable; it requires a response that does not allow for over-thinking, and it creates a satisfying sense of being there.
Born in Western Pennsylvania, Bonita had an innate sense of form and color at an early age. Her landscape painting is linked to childhood memories of the Eastern Hardwood Forest where rolling hills, deep woods and dairy farms were part of the everyday scenery.
Now a resident of Maryland, the beautiful variety of landscapes and the historic Eastern Shore and Bayhave created a new artistic genre of interest and color.
A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Bonita also studied drawing and painting with the Nyack Lighthouse Atelier, Nyack, NY and Fine Art at the University of South Carolina, Coastal Campus. Her career began in Pittsburgh as a commercial artist and illustrator. Moving to Maryland, she began working as a staff-artist for the Wall Street Journal’s, National Observer newspaper and an illustrator at Computer Science Corporation. She began painting plein air with master-painter, Skip Lawrence, working in watercolor and workshops with painter/teacher, Charles Slovak and Steven Quiller.
Bonita is an active member of the art community in Howard County. She is a founding member of the Artists’ Gallery originally in Columbia. She has exhibited in many local and feature shows.
She is a Signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and a prize-winning exhibitor of the Torpedo Factory Gallery in Old Town Alexandria VA. Her work has been included in many award-winning juried exhibitions and belongs in many private collections. Bonita continues to show and sell her work at the Artists’ Gallery on Main Street in Old Ellicott City.