A resident of Fairfax County Virginia, since 1984, Bonnie Driggers attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She taught English in Texas at Clear Lake High School and at the University of Houston and in Virginia at George Mason University. In 1999 she retired as Publications Manager for an information technology company in Northern Virginia, where she had worked for almost fifteen years writing, designing, and producing corporate annual reports, marketing brochures, logos, and advertisements.
Bonnie has pursued a life long interest in drawing and painting. She studied art, design, and painting at Arizona State University, at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., and with private teachers, including numerous Master Classes with Anne Marie Evans and with Pandora Sellars, both of England. She is a member of the ASBA, the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), and the Washington, D.C., Art in Nature Group, comprising independent professionals who create fine artistic and scientific representations of a wide range of botanicals.
Bonnie exhibited oils, acrylics, pastels, and collages in juried shows in Arizona and Texas. Recently, she has focused on botanical painting, which can be defined as the scientifically accurate and aesthetically pleasing representation of plants and flowers. Since 2003, she has exhibited botanical watercolors in juried shows in California, Oregon, Virginia, and New York. Her painting of the Koelreuteria elegans (Chinese Rain Tree) was exhibited in the Eighth Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition 2005, sponsored by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and The Horticultural Society of New York.
Bonnie’s exhibit of eight watercolor paintings with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society in Edinburgh, Scotland, in May and June 2008 was her first outside the United States. The theme for her exhibit was Native Virginia Plants. To begin work on the project she visited the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historical Plants in Charlottesville, Virginia, and worked with the director, Peggy Cornett, to select suitable plants. Keith Tomlinson, manager of Meadowlark Gardens in Fairfax County, Virginia, also assisted her by providing plant material and suggesting particular plants for inclusion in the exhibit. Bonnie continues documenting Virginia’s native flora and is working with a group of botanical artists in the Washington, D.C. area to compile a book of native flowering plants. Every year she organizes master classes taught by Anne-Marie Evans of England and held in Falls Church.
See more examples of her work at www.artinnaturegroup.com
For information about the classes, the book, and purchasing originals and/or limited edition gicleé prints, email her at email@example.com