In 2007, Bonnie was invited to design an Ornament for the Blue Room Christmas Tree at the White House. The theme for 2007 was National Parks. The Martin VanBuren National Historic Site chose Bonnie to paint on a six inch ball, depicting the mansion around 1850 in a winter scene with horse drawn sleigh, ice skaters and a snowman. The ornament resides in the White Houses permanent collection.
For the past fifteen years she has been selected by Early American Life's magazine for their Directory of Traditional Crafts. Each year, this directory recognizes the top traditional artisans in America. Her paintings have been published in their Holiday issue every year since. Her paintings can also be found on magazine covers, jigsaw puzzles, framed prints, calendars, advent calendars, Diamond Art, and Christmas cards that are sold world-wide.
Bonnie and her husband Scott built on her families' Spring Gait Farm in 1988 and still reside there with their dog Marley and their cats Mittens and Scooter.
Bonnie in front of the Lindenwald
at the Martin Van Buren Historic Site
Bonnie's 2007 Christmas Ornament
pictured hanging on the
Blue Room Christmas Tree
in the White House
Bonnie spent 30 years living and working on her family's horse farm in Canaan, N.Y. The barn closed in 2002 and the youngest of her three sons began kindergarten the following year. With more time on her hands, she began something she hadn't done for more than 20 years - she began to paint again. She also began attending craft shows and fell in love with folk art. Life on the farm, the mountains, valleys, historic homes and villages that surround it gave her unlimited ideas.
In 2003, at the urging of a friend, she entered several art shows and sold paintings at all three. Encouraged by the sales, she approached the owner of a folk art gallery in Great Barrington, Ma. Bonnie was represented by The Bird House Gallery from June 2005 until its closing in December of that same year. During that time she did two one-person shows and one group show, altogether selling 23 of her paintings.
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This page was last updated: January 2, 2023