About the Artist
Bonnee was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1954. Both of her parents were artistically inclined which provided an atmosphere ripe with creative potential. She began showing artistic self-expression early in life. Around age 8 she did a drawing of a toothpaste character that her father submitted to a regional contest. Her drawing won first place, she appeared on local TV and received a bicycle as a prize. She gave the bicycle to her best friend who didn't have one so they could ride together.
In high school Bonnee's favorite subject was Art. Her teacher was an inspiration to her encouraging her to try new things and stretch further. Every year students from area high schools participated in a regional handicapped awareness poster contest. Two of the 3 years in high school Bonnee's handicapped awareness poster won a prize and the local newspaper covered the story. All of this encouragement inspired Bonnee to further her art training. So in 1972 she enrolled in York Academy of Art (a 3 year program), majoring in Fine Art, Illustration and Graphic Design. She graduated in 1975 and for the next 14 years worked in the field of Advertising.
Through the encouragement of a friend, Bonnee started a daily 2 hour meditation practice in 1977. As well she began reading and absorbing all things of a Spiritual nature… starting with books on self-help subjects, then moving to personal empowerment, finally expanding to esoteric subjects like the works of Alice Bailey. During this time Bonnee attained all of the professional goals she set for herself… becoming an Art Director (1979/81), an Advertising Manager (1981/84), a business Owner (1982/88) and a Director of Advertising (1988/89).
In July 1989 she was guided to leave the advertising world and her professional career behind and begin her Spiritual journey full time. She moved to the island of Kauai, Hi where she spent the next 2 ½ years. In January 1992 she moved to Sedona, AZ where she stayed for 6 months. After doing a 28 day vision quest on the land she got inner direction to begin a traveling spiritual journey which lasted for 3 years. During this time many wonderful things transpired including Bonnee's work drawing Spirit Guides and teaching Usui Reiki Ryoho. She settled back in the Sedona, AZ area in 1995 where she still resides today. In 2007 her esoteric art expanded once again to also include 'Esoteric Portraiture', the Trefoil Series and other works.