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Artist Showcase: Bonnie Jenkins

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Bonnie loves art and has ever since she was a child. As soon as her little hands could grasp a pencil, she was drawing whatever she could find. After high school she picked up a paintbrush and began a love affair with acrylic and oil paints.

At the time she was beginning to work with oil paints, it was popular to paint on slate. Bonnie would paint pictures on slate and then take them to the local flea market. This proved to be a successful business venture, and before long she had strangers handing her pictures and asking if she would paint them.

Bonnie continued to make art until about 10 years ago, when she was forced to give it up due to neck surgery and chronic back pain. She was unable to sit for long periods of time and just couldn’t spend the long hours sitting and working on her art. 

A little over a year ago, Bonnie’s cousin passed away from cancer. In the days following, she was going through family photos and found a picture of her cousin and aunt that she just couldn’t take her eyes off of. It was such a great picture, and she couldn’t shake the feeling that it would also make a great drawing. The feeling was so strong that she decided to draw it herself.

She had to complete about 90 percent of the drawing while standing, but she completed it nonetheless. This experience gave her the push she needed to get back to her artwork. Graphite pencil is her weapon of choice these days, and as you can see from her work above, she’s pretty darn good at it.

You can view more of Bonnie’s work and the work of many other artists at www.5pmc.com

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