Biography: Bonnie Driggers

Bonnie Driggers

Painting of a salmon-colored tulip
Tulipa (tulip) © Bonnie Driggers

A resident of Fairfax County, Virginia, for 30 years, Bonnie Driggers attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees and secondary teaching certification in English at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She taught English in Texas at Clear Lake High School and at the University of Houston and in Virginia at George Mason University. In 1999, she retired as Publications Manager for an information technology company in Northern Virginia.

Since 2003, Bonnie has focused on botanical painting and exhibited watercolors in numerous juried shows in the United States. Her exhibit of eight paintings of native Virginia plants with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society in Edinburgh, Scotland, in May and June 2008 was her first outside the United States. A long-time member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), she was elected to their Board of Directors in 2014. She is a member of the local ASBA Chapter, Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), and President of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE).

Bonnie studied art, design, and painting at Arizona State University, at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., and with private teachers, including classes with Anne-Marie Evans and Pandora Sellars, both of England. Since 2007, Bonnie has hosted master classes in botanical art taught by Anne-Marie and held in Virginia and New York City.

In 2011, this group of artists began a long-term project at the suggestion of Anne-Marie, because she felt we needed to paint more regularly to improve our skills. To facilitate this project and to carry on other projects in this vein, the group incorporated as a nonprofit called Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) with Bonnie serving as President. BAEE received 501(c)(3) Federal tax-exempt status in 2011. We decided to produce a book titled American Botanical Painting: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, which was published in March 2014. All the art was shown in an exhibition at the U. S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., from May through mid June 2014.

Last modified: June 5, 2017
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