Maryann Bonk

I have always loved drawing and painting, but life got in the way. Over the years, I majored in Fashion Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and took art lessons on and off for years from artists in St. Petersburg, Apopka and Longwood, Florida. But it wasn’t until 2013, when I retired from my full-time job at the Orlando Police Department and relocated to Newnan, Georgia, that I was able to really work at my art making. I began weekly oil painting classes at Farrago Studios with Corinne Galla in downtown Newnan soon after I moved to town and  I haven’t stopped painting! I’ve learned so much from attending classes & workshops with several talented local artists such as David Boyd, Jr., Martin Pate, Brenda Sumpter & Tiffany Thomas. Right now, painting “en plein air” is my newest passion either on my own or with the Southside Sketchers.

I enjoy the many subjects around me in central Georgia but I find that I am still drawn to water – oceans, beaches, rivers – and also to boats – sailing, beached or working. The majority of my work today is in oils but I have studied watercolors and will soon be exploring that medium again as well as playing with gouache.

What do I love most about painting? That there’s so much to learn & that the journey is amazing!

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