Bonnie Haney - Bird of Paradise

Custom Artwork
Portraits and more...
With Speciality in Colored Pencil...

"Colored pencil is a marvelous medium and I love to work with the various types of pencils in creative ways to create different effects. You can do so much with them and get so many different looks with them and such fine detail and since I am mostly a realistic artist that is very important to me."

"I love the layering upon layering of color to achieve the right shade of dark and light and to then obtain the correct color. I give my own personal interpretation to this wonderful medium and I hope you enjoy looking at the various pieces I have created."


About Bonnie

I have a Bachelor of Science from RIT with major in Interior Design. I was also fortunate to take a summer course in photography from RIT that we spent in Europe. It really hones your skills fast to take pictures of the Coliseum, the Eiffel tower, the Tower of London, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the ruins of Dover.

I worked for Macke/Williamson, an office supply company and managed the Interior Design Department for 9 years, then formed Bonnie Haney Designs Inc. and did mainly, commercial interior design until 1997 when I had the opportunity to start to take botanical art classes with local artist Carl Zimmerman at the Museum and Science Center. I also have been able to study under and take classes and workshops from both local and national artists such as Jean Stephens, Paul Taylor, Peggy Martinez, Sari Gaby, Christine Waara, Pat Tribastone, Steve Carpenter, Karen Klugheim, etc.

I am currently a member of the Rochester Area Colored Pencil Club (RACPC). I have been program chair for that club. I am also a member of the Webster Art Club and have been the painting day chair for that club.

Most of my work is botanical in nature but I also, once in a while will venture outside my comfort zone to do a landscape, a still life or a portrait. I work mostly in colored pencil and I love working with them. Most people don’t recognize just how versatile they can be. There are watercolor colored pencils which work beautifully with regular colored pencils and there are many techniques to use with the pencils to even achieve the look of oils. It is all in how they are applied.


  • I had asked Bonnie to do a portrait of my grandson’s to give to my daughter for a Christmas gift. She took pictures of the boys at various times when we all got together so that they had no idea it was for anything special. We met to pick out the color of paper, I approved the initial sketch of how it would look, and then Bonnie did a black and white study that I also approved before the final portrait. So every step of the way, I knew how the picture would turn out. The color version turned out exactly as I pictured it and was beautiful. I was so pleased with Bonnie’s work.

  • Bonnie did a landscape of our cottage property which turned out beautifully. We now have this colored pencil drawing of our cottage among the trees and the stream. She went through a series of steps so by the time we received the final drawing we knew exactly what we were getting. It was a wonderful experience.

    Pam and Tom
  • Roses have always been my favorite flowers and I bought one of Bonnie’s roses from her show and then contacted her later to commission her to do several more for my house. I now have several rose paintings in graphite, watercolor and colored pencil which I am thrilled about.


Rochester Colored Pencil Club
American Society of Botanical Artists
Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA)


I am proud to have been awarded the following...

  • Merit Award: Fall 2009, Barnes & Noble Show for “Birds of Paradise”, Colored Pencil on Strathmore Paper, Judge: Jim Hall
  • Best of Show Award: Spring 2011, Barnes & Noble Show for “Princess Irene”, Colored Pencil on Mylar, Judge: Jeanne Lindsay
  • Judge’s Award: Fall 2011 Barnes & Noble Show for Aunt Helen’s Rose Colored Pencil on Strathmore Paper, Judge: Sam Ferrara
  • Merit Award: Fall 2011 Webster Art Club for “Bunny Cactus” on Ampersand pastel board, judge: Katherine Weston
  • Merit Award: Fall 2012 Barnes & Noble Show for “Dancing Dahlia” Colored Pencil on Strathmore Paper, Judge: Pat Tribastone
  • Merit Award: Fall 2012 Webster Art Club Show for “Dancing Dahlia” Colored Pencil on Strathmore Paper, Judge Kevin Feary

Contact Bonnie:


Bonnie Haney:
+1 (585) 377-1200 office
+1 (585) 733-0198 cell