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Fantasy Flowers

 Bonnie Liss and 
Jean Cormier 

"Fragments of Reality
and Fantasy"

Exhibition with Opening Reception May 5, 2024 from 3-5pm.
Viewing through May 21, 2024
Tues-Sat. 10-2.



Bonnie was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Miami-Dade Community College with a AA degree and Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia with a BFA degree, triple major in Painting, Printmaking and Art Education.  While going to college she worked full-time as an Art Director at Orenstein Advertising.


She later lived in the Berkshires in Massachusetts and worked as a graphic artist.  In 1983 she moved to Winter Haven, Florida and opened Phoenix Graphics. Referrals helped grow the business from local to statewide, nationwide and eventually worldwide. Her main services included book cover design, logo design and package design.

In 2006 she and her husband moved to an idyllic creekside property in Davenport. She established a monthly Polk County Plein Air Group and facilitates weekly Still Life and Portrait Studios.


Bonnie retired in 2021 and paints full time in her studio. She enjoys painting oversized portraits of friends and family, landscapes and still lifes with sentimental meanings.

Bonnie has won several awards for her gouache, oil paintings and sculpture in various shows throughout central Florida. She has had a one person show at Church Street Station in Orlando, been interviewed in numerous Florida newspapers and is published in a hardcover boxed set of prints called “Vantage Point Group Edition“.

Bonnie Liss has been on the advisory board of many of the local colleges and is a member of Ridge Art Association, Davenport Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Davenport Historical Society.


Jean is currently a Board Member of the Highlands Art League and the Exhibits Coordinator.  She graduated from The University of Tennessee with a BFA with a major in Communication Design and a minor in Art History.  


After a start in the DC area in advertising, she relocated in Sebring FL in 1979, retiring in 2010 and pursuing art full time. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, Ridge Art Association, Art Center Manatee and The Lakeland Art Association.

Jean has won numerous awards for drawing, acrylic and oil paintings in various shows throughout Florida. Her painting “The Gillie” earned a finalist spot in the 2016 Jack Richeson Small Works publication and “Oakley” a charcoal drawing received a Merit Award.  “The Gillie” is also published in AcrylicWorks5: Bold Values.


Twenty-eight of her oil and acrylic paintings were selected by Polk Museum of Art for display in a solo show “Face to Face”


Highlands Art League is an equal opportunity organization and will not allow discrimination based upon age, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or any other status prohibited by applicable law.

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