The portraits of buildings where the structure is visibly vulnerable to the elements use the forms of decay as a testament to histories of use and misuse. The colors in the paintings, real and imagined, bring life to what some people might call an eyesore. The paintings are executed on unprimed canvas to allow the acrylic paint to bleed into the cloth. Layers of transparent color achieve a watercolor effect.

The structures much like the paintings record their condition in a language of stain. They capture the beauty of things forgotten by time: imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.



Bonita LeFlore is an American artist who is best known for her large paintings referencing the architecture of forgotten places. Influenced by the color field paintings of Helen Frankenthaler and the vivid palette of Joan Mitchell, Bonita finds working with acrylic paint on unprimed canvas a medium that lends itself to a transparency that gives her subject matter life. She combines watercolor-like layering with pastel markings in a distinctive combination of mediums.

After early retirement from the advertising industry in New York City, she moved to San Francisco where she revisited her love of painting, something she had put aside during the years of career and raising a family. It was in San Francisco she started writing a novel that has now been published, as have several short stories in various literary journals. She is currently working on a second book. You can read more of her writing on Telling Stories here.

Returning to the East Coast, Bonita found the North Shore of Massachusetts an ideal location for working and living with her growing extended family.

Bonita studied at the Art Students League in New York, graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in painting, and attended Pratt Institute’s Masters program for painting.  Her work is in many private collections across the United States and internationally. She has had solo exhibits at the Hills Gallery, Newburyport, MA and the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA.  Her work has been shown at Galatea Fine Art Gallery, Boston, MA, The French Institute in Boston, Fountain Street Art Gallery, Framingham MA, 3S Art Space, Portsmouth, NH, Charles Fine Art Gallery, Gloucester, MA and The Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists and NAWAMA

Bonita served on the Board of Directors of the Newburyport Art Association from 2011-2017.



Solo Exhibitions

2015   Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport MA

2014   Hills Gallery, Newburyport MA

Featured Gallery Exhibitions

2017    Paula Estey Gallery - Newburyport MA

Group Shows - Juried

2017     Thompson Gallery - Weston, MA

            Barn Gallery - Ogunquit, ME

            Charles Fine Art Gallery - Gloucester, MA

            Art in the Barn - Greenbelt, Essex, MA

            Upward Trend - NAWA - Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport,  MA

2016     New England Collective VII - Galatea Gallery, Boston MA

            On The Map - 3S Art Space, Portsmouth NH

            Barn Gallery - Oqunquit ME

            Fountain Street Fine Art  Gallery, Framingham, MA 

            Art In The Barn - Greenbelt, Essex MA

            Newburyport Art Association - Regional Juried Show

2015    Newburyport Art Association Winter & Spring 

            Cedar Street Studios, Amesbury MA

            South Shore Art Center – National Show, Cohasset MA

            New Hampshire Art Association – Joan Dunfey Regional Show, Portsmouth NH

            Art In The Barn - Greenbelt Association, Essex MA

2014     Newburyport Art Association  Spring & Fall

            Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport MA

2013     Newburyport Art Association

            Mixt Media Gallery Ipswich

2012     New Hampshire Art Association, Joan Dunfey Regional Show, Portsmouth NH

            Newburyport Art Association

            Mixt Media Gallery, Ipswich

            French Cultural Center, Boston

2011     Newburyport Art Association

            North Shore Art Association, Rockport MA

2010   South Shore Art Center, National Show, Cohasset MA

            North River Art Association, Marshfield Hills, MA

            Alliance Français, Boston

2009   South Shore Art Center, National Show, Cohasset MA

            North River Art Association, Marshfield Hills, MA

2008    Plymouth Guild, Plymouth MA

2007    South Shore Art Center, National Show, Cohasset MA

Collections Corporate: Ocean Alliance, Gloucester MA