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Bonnie Dillard is a life-long artist who has a Bachelor’s degree in art education. She taught visual arts at Kodiak High School for 20 years, including drawing, painting (watercolor and acrylic), printmaking, pottery and sculpture. Within the past five years of retirement she has done a variety of “artist in the schools” residencies and workshops and currently volunteers teaching art at St. Mary’s school. Drawing, painting and bringing others’ attention to the beauty of the natural world are her main passions in the art realm.
As an artist, Bonnie is now looking to increase her painting skills by proposing outrageous art installations and murals in her hometown of Kodiak.
I come from a long line of quiltmakers and seamstresses. I own quilts made by my Great-grandmother, Great Aunt, Grandmother and my Mother. There are pictures of the last time I saw my Grandmother, of my sisters and I sitting at her feet as she tried to teach us how to tat. My mother, a seamstress and quiltmaker, taught me to knit and sew at a young age.
The first quilts I made were utilitarian-for my children, babies of friends. But you only need so many quilts, so I started making Art quilts intended to hang on the wall. Then, and now, my quilts tend to represent Kodiak in some form. There is constant inspiration from this beautiful place where I am lucky enough to live.