Bonnie Marie Smith, born in western New York State, grew up on the family farm where she spent her childhood in the woods and fields, developing a rich inner life, exploring and drawing everything around her. After taking a ceramics class in college, she fell in love with clay and developed a passion for making. She went on to graduate with a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. Since that time she has worked in the field of decorative painting, while continuing to develop her art through ceramics, collage, drawing, and painting. She currently resides in Kingston, NY. Her work has been included in exhibitions at such sites as the Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY; the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT; Badcock’s Gallery, Cornwall, England; and Oo Gallery, Kingston, NY.