Bio

Bonnie Brown McDermott is a realistic oil painter. she was born in 1962 in the small desert town of Ridgecrest, CA. She is the youngest of Larry and Carol Brown’s five children. During her first 11 years she lived in a geodesic dome. When she was 11 the family moved to Sylmar, CA. However, when she was 20, she moved back to the dome. While there she attended Cerro Coso Community College. Next in 1990 she earned her BA in Art from California State University, Long Beach. After graduating she moved back to Sylmar. However, the need to support herself put art on the back burner. Therefore, she started working at preschool. Later switching to teaching middle school and high school. In 2001 she married Thomas McDermott. Eventually allowing her to pursue painting full time.

Professional History

2009: She started to followed her dream of being a professional photographer. She started Bonnie McDermott Photography on a part-time basis.

2011: Next she combined her photography and teaching skills offering an extensive educational program for the photo enthusiast.

2012: After deciding to run her business full-time, she left her teaching position. In addition, she started submitting her work in competitions and shows. Bonnie was an educator for 22 years at private schools.

2014: The next important step for the development of her artist skills was starting to paint again. Therefore, triggering several major changes in her business. First, she stopped competing and showing her work because she needed time to redefine herself as an artist.  As well as to explore the direction of her art and style. Then, she renamed her business to Bonnie McDermott Studios, to incorporate painting with photography. The last change was to expand her educational program to include teaching painting and art in groups and private lessons.

2015: The most devastating blow was losing her studio to a fire.

2016: After that she made the hard decision to closed her business in order to paint full-time. This is when she started thinking about taking her art to the next level. Most importantly was deciding to continue her education in painting. She took classical painting classes for two years at Kline Academy from Cheryl Kline. In addition, she explored painting still lives, portraits and landscapes to find her niche. Similarly, she explored various mediums. Also, experimenting with Plein-air, Studio painting, Alla Prima (wet on wet), and Classical techniques. Resulting in a combination developing her own unique style. Eventually the years of exploration lead to her being a realistic oil painter.

2018: Subsequently, she started her current series “Reflecting on the Oregon Coast.”

EDUCATION

1990      BA in Art, California State University, Long Beach, CA
1987      AA in Art, Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA

AWARDS


2013      Santa Paula Society of the Arts 76th Annual Art &
Photography Exhibit 2013, Third Place “Peoples’ Choice”
2012      The Art House, Runner-up, Best of the Show
2012      4th Art Contest on Artavita.com, Honorable Mention

EXHIBITIONS


2015      Solo Exhibition, House of Brews, Light and Shadows,
San Fernando, CA
2015      Group Exhibition, Santa Paula Society of the Arts 78th
Annual Art & Photography Exhibit, Santa Paula, CA
2013      Group Exhibition, Santa Paula Society of the Arts 76th
Annual Art & Photography Exhibit, Santa Paula, CA
2013      Group Exhibition, NVAL International Juried
Photography Show, Carter House Gallery,
              Photography: The Full Spectrum, Redding, CA
2012      Group Exhibition, The Art House, Los Angeles, CA

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