The challenge of painting in watercolor is particularly enjoyable. It demands a spontaneous
response that does not allow for over-thinking a problem. Singer Sargent and Richard Dieenkorn
top the list of artists I most admire. I find their treatment of the most familiar genre to be both
emotional and visually stimulating.
A longtime resident of Columbia, Maryland, Bonita is an active member of the art community in Howard County. She was a founding member of the original Artist’ Gallery in Columbia, Maryland and a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society.
She has had many solo exhibitions of her work, as well as, many local and regional juried group exhibitions, winning awards for her work. Her paintings belong to many private collections.
Born in Western Pennsylvania, her fascination with the Maryland landscape is linked to childhood memories of the Eastern Hardwood Forest of Western Pennsylvania. Living in Maryland, the pleasing seascapes of the Eastern Shore have become a deep artistic interest.
A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Bonita also studied drawing and painting with the Nyack Lighthouse Atelier, NY and Fine Art at the University of South Carolina, Coastal Campus. She began a career as a commercial artist and illustrator in advertising. While working as a staff-artist for the Wall Street Journal’s National Observer in Silver Spring, Maryland, she began studying the watercolor medium with master-painter, Skip Lawrence and it redefined her approach to watercolor painting. Painter/teacher, Charles Sovek, also influenced the development of a personal painting style.