Bonnie Ferguson Butler saw her first tree when she was a Senior at Wofford College, the result of a required Art class outside of her Science majors. After many years balancing photography, fiber arts, and biochemistry, she took time off to become a mother and fine art flowed as a result. Her Master of Humanities work with an emphasis in Art History at the University of Richmond gave her the foundation for studying and pursuing fine art, while nationally-known as well as area instructors shared their passion with her.
Beginning in watercolor, for many years since Bonnie has worked in soft pastel and oil. An award winning artist and photographer, her emphasis is working en plein air, or in the style of en plein air, and she sees trees regularly these days. Her favorite award that she has received was for a first place prize (2012) in photography as judged by Hullihen Williams Moore, a student of Ansel Adams.
A juried Associate Artist since 2009, Bonnie's photography and paintings may be seen in person at Lorton's Workhouse Arts Center's Building W-9 as well as in numerous local, regional, and national exhibits.
In 2011, she took a leap to found the Pastel Society of Virginia. In the opinions of many, a statewide pastel society in Virginia was long overdue. Bonnie desired to unite the Commonwealth's pastelists for camaraderie and opportunities for education and exhibition. She continues as its president.
In 2013, Bonnie was juried as an associate in the Pastel Society of America.
Please follow her art blog at bfbutler.blogspot.com and see her gallery at tinyurl.com/BFButlerGallery as well as her resume and exhibits at tinyurl.com/ButlerBF-Resume .