Bonnie Ferguson Butler

Lorton, Virginia

Bonnie Ferguson Butler

Lorton, Virginia

I saw my first tree when I was a Senior at Wofford College, the result of a required Art class outside of my Science majors. After many years balancing photography, fiber arts, and biochemistry, I took time off to become a mother and fine art flowed as a result. My Master of Humanities work with an emphasis in Art History at the University of Richmond gave me the foundation for studying and pursuing fine art, while internationally known as well as area instructors have shared their passion with me.

As a new mother, I concentrated on watercolor painting. For the years since then, I have worked in soft pastel and oil. An award winning artist and photographer, my emphasis is working en plein air and I see trees regularly these days. My blogs are her chance to simultaneously be a painter, a photographer, and a storyteller.

See my photography and paintings in person at Lorton's Workhouse Arts Center's Building W-9, plus in numerous local, regional, and national exhibits. I have been a juried Associate at the Workhouse Arts Center since 2009.

In 2011, I took a leap to found the Pastel Society of Virginia. In the opinions of many, creating a pastel society in Virginia was long overdue; Maryland had one long established society and North Carolina had four. Virginia is so large that it could be considered a region, but I wanted to unite the Commonwealth's pastelists for camaraderie and opportunities for education and exhibition;d I continue as its president.

  • Work
    • artist and photographer
  • Education
    • University of Richmond
    • Wofford College