Bonnie comes from a line of artists. Her father George Buehler worked as a cartoonist, and Uncle Lynton Buehler was a friend of Hemmingway’s, painting and traveling with him in Europe.
After raising six children and retiring from a successful career in the specialty textile industry Bonnie decided to get serious about her oil painting hobby. Her color sense and flair for design was the perfect background to step into the art world.
Bonnie studied with oil painter Paula Woodle, then with acrylic painter Leeann Brooke, oil artist Clay Platner, and Canadian painter Pat Boldt, all accomplished painters. Each of these painters offered specific areas of specialty that Bonnie wanted to focus on.
When Bonnie is asked what subject matter she paints, her reply is, “whatever grabs me at the moment.” Bonnie began working with landscapes then shifted to animals. She next explored still life. Bonnie’s subject matter changes with her mood, or when something sparks her interest.
Bonnie loves painting children, and incorporates her own children and grandchildren into her work as inspiration.
Bonnie enjoys life and it reflects in her work.