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About Me...

My interest in painting and creating began when my mother purchased a small set of "Cray-pas" for me (oil pastels) at the age of  5, because I was interested in drawing ... my fascination evidently didn't last long. 

 In 2004 I began instruction for a short while with Margie Samuels of West Caldwell, NJ. Margie has a firm grasp on the application of colors, layout and style, favoring landscapes. A true artist, Margie shows extreme enthusiasm as she explains her approach to watercolor painting.  


Starting in 2012 I studied with Sharon Pitts of Montclair, NJ, an extremely talented and passionate artist, through whom I showed some of my original paintings at the Mentor/Artist event through the Montclair Art Museum.

Since sometime in 2014 I've been painting on my own, always the critic. I often sit down and let my paintbrush and mood guide me. Sunflowers are a favorite of mine! 

From 2017 until recently (start of  2020) I've learned  a lot from Anna Mason's approach. Anna is a renowned botanical artist based in the UK, and am always looking for new ways to learn additional techniques.

Beginning in 2020 I came across the works of Billy Showell a renown botanical artist and I've started following some of her detailed tutorials.

I am a member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society.

Soon to celebrate breast cancer survivorship of 27 years (2020),  I find that the serenity of watercolor serves as a spiritual and meditative joy.


I hope my paintings will bring some joy to you.

Bonnie Bornstein Fertel_Watercolor Artis
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