Bonnie Roth Anderson

I have found painting plein air with artist friends is what I enjoy most. I am sad that I will no longer be able to paint with Bonnie Roth Anderson. We last painted a year ago in Bristol Rhode Island.   Diane Carey Thomson, Marion LeMoal, Bonnie and I stayed at the summer home of artist Janice Antinucci. Here is a painting and sketch in the area where we painted together.  At the end of the day Bonnie would critique our paintings.  She was a great teacher and we all  learned so much from her.  I also took her portrait class and hope to paint my grandchildren with the skills she taught me.  Such a loss for the art community.

Marshes (above) was an earlier Cape Cod painting that Bonnie purchased... the highest compliment is when another artist buys your painting.

Above are pictures of memorable places painted en plein air (L-R): Georgia O'Keeffe home in Abiquiu, Giverny, France and trees in Taos, New Mexico.

 

For more information about Merla, visit her Artist-in-Residence profile

This is part of an ongoing monthly series featuring a Maryland Hall Artist-in-Residence (AIR). Check Maryland Hall's website every week for a new post. Each month we will feature a different AIR. Click here to visit the Maryland Hall AIR page.

The Maryland Hall community was very sad to learn of the death of Bonnie Roth Anderson this week.  Bonnie taught classes at Maryland Hall for more than 30 years and had been an Artist-in-Residence for 25 years, from 1983 through 2008.

Bonnie was an exceptional teacher who taught numerous painting classes for adults each semester at Maryland Hall.  Students clamored to register for her classes as soon as they were available and for many years her classes had waiting lists, a testament to her skill and talent as a teacher.  She created a warm and supportive atmosphere in her classes, providing students with a safe place to explore and hone their painting skills.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and sense of fun which she shared with all she met at Maryland Hall.  For more than 30 years she set a high standard for teaching that helped Maryland Hall develop the reputation for excellent artistic instruction that it enjoys today.  

As an artist, Bonnie was a well-known for her portraits and landscapes.  Her paintings hang in public and private collections throughout America and in countries as far away as Australia. Her portrait of former superintendent Admiral John Davidson is on permanent display at the U.S. Naval Academy and her portraits of J. Lynne Wood and John Cade are displayed at Anne Arundel Community College.  Her paintings have been featured in innumerable galleries and in public spaces.

As an arts patron and advocate, Bonnie was a founding member, former treasurer and president of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters.  She was also a founding member and board member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. She received the prestigious 2002 Annie Award from the Anne Arundel Arts Council. 

Family and friends may visit on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 1:00 pm -2:00 pm at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy, in Severna Park, with a Memorial Service to begin at 2:00 pm, after the visitation. Interment will be private. - For more information, click here.

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