Artist Statement

After my career working with military computer systems and raising my daughter I realized I missed drawing and painting.  I had dabbled in painting when I was in high school and early in college but realized that I would have to spend much more time painting to achieve the skill I wanted.  When my daughter was in high school I took several realism oil painting classes with Karla Mann at the Virginia Beach Museum of Contemporary Art.  I loved the classes but between my job and my daughter’s schedule I didn’t have time for more classes or painting.  I put my paints and brushes away until I retired in 2017.  At that point I started taking classes with wonderful teachers such as Tom Mayer in Jensen Beach, FL, Karen Leffel-Massengill in Stuart, FL, Munroe Bell in Manteo, NC, Zufar Bikbov in Norfolk, VA, Angela Bounds in Norfolk, VA, and Kevin MacPherson in Stevensville, MD.  I have definitely learned something from each of these talented instructors and I hope to continue studying and growing as an artist.

I am inspired by any signs of people enjoying the water, whether it is on the beach, in boats, or at the waterfront.  I am intrigued by the way light reflects on the water, and I am drawn to the spectacular colors of the tropical waters of south Florida. Please check out my page for my art.

Bonnie Murphy DeWolf is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and currently splits her time between her homes in Kitty Hawk, NC, and Jensen Beach, FL.  She took several art classes in high school and then she studied art under noted acrylic artist Barclay Sheaks for one year at Virginia Wesleyan College.  Due to her serious self-doubt in her artistic skills she transferred to Old Dominion University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.  After retiring from a 32-year career working with computer systems for the US Navy and US Coast Guard, she rediscovered her love for art, started taking painting classes, and began painting more seriously.