Bonita was born in northern Kentucky and spent most of her childhood in
hilly southern Indiana. After graduating from Indiana Univeristy,
Bonita moved to the Mid-Willamette Valley and later to Portland.
Painting tells a story, one that can be translated into words, or one
that is best left to imagery. A painting can represent so many things
to both the artist and the viewer, as both participate in the process
of communication and self-expression.
Painting is also a wonderful physical process- the feel of the paint, brush on canvas, experimentation with color and motion.
I paint for my own enjoyment. It is something I do because it is a joy.
Current and Upcoming Shows:
June - July 2010
37th and Hawthorne
Greeting Cards featuring images of Bonita's paintings are available at:
By DAVID F. ASHTON
4035 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
Artists and patrons pleased with S.E. ARTWalk
for THE BEE 5/08
There’s been a virtual explosion of talented
artists – working in widely divergent media – in Inner Southeast
Portland within the past decade.
In 2002, artist Rin Carroll Jackson created the
Southeast Area ARTWalk – now an annual event – to help artists connect
with one another. The idea caught on, and now this first-of-March
exhibition showcases the work of many area artists for patrons and for
regular folks who enjoy the creative stimuli of meeting the creative
This year’s Southeast Area ARTwalk included
exhibits and demonstrations of 80 artists. The public participated by
obtaining a free map, and then embarking on a self-guided tour of the
artists’ creative spaces, or their homes and businesses in the area.
Artist: Bonita Davis
Location: K&F Coffee, S.E. 26th Ave
Media: Oil on canvas; knitted handbags
At the same bustling coffee shop, we also met Bonita Davis, an artist who creates stunning paintings that catch the eye.
“I’ve been involved with painting, the longest,”
related Davis. “Oil painting on canvas is my passion; I’ve been
pursuing it continuously for the past 15 years.”
Although Davis works full time providing
rehabilitation services, she’s also learning how to create in a new
medium – knit art. “Knitting is a relatively new skill for me. I really
enjoy it, and it’s portable,” she said as she continued knitting a new
purse. “The main attraction for me is the wide variety of beautiful
yarns that are available.”
Interested in getting your work into a new venue? Interested in featuring artists in your business? Contact ArtSeen! at BonitaJDavis@MSN.com
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