Bonnie Mason grew up exploring the outdoors in the mountains of Virginia. Her family would often go for long drives and end up hiking in the woods where her parents would identify plants and trees and point out animal tracks as they taught the family to appreciate the awesomeness of God’s creation. Those adventures with her family still inspire her landscape paintings today.

She loved to draw and paint from an early age and was blessed with parents and teachers who encouraged her interest in art. After high school art classes Bonnie went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree in fine art but it was not until recently that she’s been able to spend most of her days painting

Although hiking is one of her favorite ways to spend a Saturday, Bonnie also enjoys gardening and loves to paint the flowers she grows along with teapots, antique table linens and old blue mason jars.

She loves to paint from life and is a member of a plein air group called “The Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge”. This has been a great learning opportunity and very rewarding. She says, “Painting on location has helped tremendously because there is nothing like ‘being there’ when trying to capture the spirit of a place on canvas.”