WHEN BONNIE WAS NINE YEARS OLD, she decided she wanted to be an art teacher. Her goal took her to Northern Illinois University in pursuit of a B.S. Ed. in Art Education. In 1985, she earned her M.A. in Drawing and Painting from Governors State University in University Park, IL. During her teaching career she served as department chair, Local Union President, and as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Education Association/NEA. In 2009, after 35 years of teaching middle school art in Illinois, Ms. Becker retired and moved to Wake Forest, NC in 2011.
Bonnie has served on the Board of Directors of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and the Wake Forest Guild of Artists. She is a member of the Franklin County Arts Council, The Fine Arts League of Cary, and the South Carolina Water Media Society. In 2016, Bonnie was awarded signature membership in WSNC.
“THE WAY THAT A SHADOW FALLS, the beauty of a reflection, the feeling I get from an image that I can’t let go of … these are what inspire me to paint. As I moved from oil paint to watercolor, I was taken by the fluidity of the watercolors. The medium has so much to offer with how it is layered, poured, and combined to create vibrant transitions. My fascination with a subject is all about the color. I love painting the subtle changes and the vibrant contrasts.”
Bonnie J. Becker is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.