Bonnie Folkins studied Fine Arts at Mount Allison University and at the International School of Art in Montecastello di Vibio, Italy. A native of Sackville, New Brunswick, she has pursued landscape and figurative painting using traditional techniques in watercolours and oils for over forty years in various corners of the world – Italy, Portugal, Asia, India, Australia and South America. Her work can be found in corporate, university and private collections: www.bonniefolkins.net.
“Influenced by my mother’s love of photography, I have become dedicated to the art of the portrait. A trip to Mongolia in 2007 presented a life-changing experience for me; I discovered an ethnic minority of nomadic people clinging to a traditional lifestyle in unforgiving weather and environmental conditions. To give something back to the Kazakh Mongolians who influenced me so profoundly, I became determined to make a visual narrative - a documentation of the Golden Eagle Hunters of Bayan-Ulgii Aimag.
In India,I am interested in the life of the the Sahdu and in the labourer and the farmer. Also in India, but more often in Portugal and South America, I have been inspired by the spirited Romani people.