Born in Portland Oregon in 1956. Currently living in Vancouver Washington with her husband and son.
Bonnie attended the Down Town Portland Commercial Art School (Bachelor of Art Degree) 1974-1976. The following year studied watercolor and drawing classes through Portland Community College. Currently she is painting with a group of women under the direction of fine art instructor "Edi Olson" as well as on-going plein-air workshops around the area.
As a young girl Bonnie grew up around a family of artists. Bonnie's Grandmother and Aunt (established juried artists) were always painting, and this greatly influenced her love of art. Bonnie started drawing as a young child, and her first oil painting class was with her grandmother at the age of 8. She was hooked on painting from that point on. Following High School she pursued her desire to become an artist, attending Down-Town Portland Commercial Art School. While working at Nordstrom to pay her way through school she took a detour to the world of fashion. After 31 years and living in 3 states she ended her career with Nordstrom as Vice President within Women’s Apparel. Bonnie retired in 2005 to spend more time with family, and to pursue her lifelong desire as an artist.
Bonnie is a member of the Northwest Painters Guild (NOPG) and recently was juried into the Oil Painters of America.
Bonnie Junell has been visiting The Emerald Coast for almost 25 yrs. First as a vacationer and then as a homeowner.