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Artist Bio, Credits and Awards

Jolie E. Bonnette was born in Southeast Texas. She has had an interest in various creative activities from a very young age. She has been making art and music as far back as she can remember. Arts, crafts and music have always been a way to get through the many pitfalls of life for her. Her work has always tended toward fantasy and mythology with touches of science fiction and horror for a bit of flavor. She has also developed a style similar to modern tribal tattoo designs, but with a definitive look developed over many years with shapes and patterns which are not usually seen in modern tribal works.

Ms. Bonnette has very little formal training in the arts,  a few classes taken in public school and college. She has worked across a variety of media including pencil, inks, watercolor, acrylics, pastels digital art, and clay sculpture. Many of her skills, particularly in digital media, are self-taught. Currently, the majority of her work is done digitally due to space constraints and neurological issues with her hands. She has worked on a variety of projects from painting fantasy and superhero characters on the side of a comic shop building to interior murals to portraits and illustrations. In addition to artistic skills, Jolie plays hand drums and bamboo flutes. She has also acted on the stage and spins poi for fun and exercise.

Artist Quote: "I just do what I do whether people like it or not. Everything eventually finds its audience in the right time and place. Above all else, I do what I do because I have a really good time doing it."

Credits

     Due to brain damage suffered at age 22, some of the dates below may not be exact. That information was simply lost through the ordeal and not retrievable or Ms. Bonnette had trouble committing it to memory since.

Awards and Achievements

Shows, Events & Charity Art

  • Art ("Homecoming") included in event guide
    Council of Magickal Arts
    April 2004
     

  • Numerous sci-fi/fantasy convention art shows, particularly Apollocon in Houston, TX where Jolie was also on the Art Show crew, assisting in setting up the art displays (2006 to 2010). Also showed digitally at Dragon*Con 2002 and had work featured in the music/art performance in the Art Show that year. Other shows: Necronomicon, FenCon.
     

  • "Learn to Fly" featured and sold in silent charity auction for the Women's Blues Review in Tampa Bay, FL.
    2005
     

  • Participation in Via Colori Houston street painting festival
    2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
     

Commercial

  • Various interior murals and other artwork for private commissioners.
    1985-1995
     

  • Painted giant mural with another artist on the side of a building.
    Green's Comics
    May 1990-Sept. 1990
     

  • Banner, button and background design
    http://www.thegreenwolf.com/
    Sept. 2003
     

  • Logo modification and t-shirt images
    Gary Park
    Crazy Merlin's/ Anzara, LLC
    September 2004
     

  • Chili Cook-off booth back-drop with jungle theme
    Super Services
    November 2004
     

  • Conceptual Art for Real Estate Proposal
    Henry Arbuckle
    November 2004
     

  • Corporate Seal Design
    Council of Magickal Arts
    January 2006
     

  • Logo Re-work, Web Site & MySpace Design/Maintenance
    Houston Pagan Pride Day
    March 2007- 2010
     

  • Logo Design
    Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue (not in use)
    2011
     

Performance

  • 1981-1982
     

    • Levi Fry Jr. High Chorus
      Ms. Bonnette was technically rated as an Alto II, but had a range from bass to low soprano. She was often placed in the center of the choir to ensure that everyone stayed with their parts due to an uncanny ability to remember and strongly sing every part of a song. She received medals in UIL competition during this time.
       

  • 1986
     

    • Chorus
      Once Upon A Mattress
      Texas City High School
      Singing, dancing and background acting. Also painted scenery backdrops for the production.
       

  • 1992
     

    • Cobweb
      A Midsummer Night's Dream
      College of the Mainland Arena Theater
      In the role of the lead fairy for Titania, Jolie also wrote the tune to which the fairies sang part of their lines and helped choreograph a dance to said tune. Also served as make-up and hair assistant for fairy chorus and three lead fairy characters (Puck, Titania and Oberon). Also assisted the costume designer a little bit with accessorizing the costumes for the fairies.
       

  • 1995-1996

    • Various guest performances with groups at the Texas Renaissance Festival such as: Medumo, Scottish Rogues, belly dancing troupe, etc.
       

  • 1997

    • Drum performance
      PBS/Act for 8 Telethon
      While volunteering on the phones, Jolie and another drummer were an emergency fill-in for the telethon when one of their acts got into an accident and was unable to make it for their performance.
       

  • 1999
     

    • Drum performance
      Charity CD Recording/ Houston Pagan Pride Day
      "Drumming in the Spirit of Harmony: Live in Harmony"
      Played drums and flutes on the CD recording as well as performing during the event on this project for Houston Pagan Pride.
       

  • 2000
     

    • Drum/ Singing/ Flutes
      Charity CD Recording/ Houston Pagan Pride Day
      "Young Spirits of Old Faith"
      A project coordinated between several young performers in the Houston Pagan Community and their adult counterparts.

    • Drumming
      Houston Witches Ball
      Performance on stage with DreamTrybe
       

  • 2003
     

    • Drums
      Limited Ed. Charity CD Recording/ Houston Pagan Pride Day
      "Awesome Drumming"
      Recorded live on stage at Houston Pagan Pride Day 2003

    • Drums/Flutes
      Houston Witches Ball
      Performed with several other local talents before and between bands.
       

  • 2004
     

    • Poi Spinning
      Freedom Fest/ Center of Spirit Charity Event
      Greeted guests with a display of poi spinning in front of Super Happy Fun Land.

    • Drums/Flutes/Vocals
      Houston Pagan Pride Day
      Numerous appearances playing drums and flutes. Also sang back-up for Contraband on one song and chanted for one drum set. Drumming recorded for next year's charity CD.

    • Promo Appearance/ Drums/ Poi Spinning
      Fox 26 Morning News
      Several staff members of the Houston Witches Ball appeared in promotional spots for the the Ball with Lannie Griffith.

    • Drums/Flutes
      Houston Witches Ball/ Center of Spirit charity event
      Jolie and three other drummers opened the show and also drummed on stage with DreamTrybe.
       

  • 2005
     

    • Drums/Flutes
      Houston Witches' Ball
      Performed with Drum Dogs.

    • Drums/Flutes
      Live Spots with Local Public Radio KPFT
      Performed with Drum Dogs.

  • 2006
     

    • Drums/Flutes with Ted Miller
      Houston Pagan Pride Day

    • Drums
      Houston Witches Ball

  • 2007
     

    • Drums
      Houston Pagan Pride Day

    • Drums
      Houston Witches Ball

  • 2008

    • Drums
      Houston Pagan Pride Day

  • 2009

    • Drums/Flutes/Rhythm toys
      Houston Witches Ball: Movie Monster Mash
       

  • Various Dates
     

    • Guest Drumming
      Various DreamTrybe shows in the Houston area
      Jolie has  been up on stage to drum with this fabulous band on numerous occasions.

Publishing

  • 1986-1990

    • Circle Network News
      Pagan Publication
      During this period Jolie had a few original recipes and articles published under the pseudonym Aazari Cantharess in this Pagan periodical.

    • Various
      Jolie also had several poems published in small circulation magazines during this period. Nothing paying more than a couple of copies of the issue she was in.
       

  • 1995-1996

    • Aazari's Web
      Executive Editor
      Ms. Bonnette ran this specialty Pagan periodical from front to back, managing the office and talent, creating the layout and graphics for the magazine and printing it all from home. She also arranged for distribution in local stores, online and by mail and sold/traded advertising.
       

  • 2003
     

    • Renderosity Magazine
      April 2003 issue
      Ms. Bonnette's short story,"Cold Blue",  appeared in this issue. It won a contest, the grand prize of which was publication. She was stunned that  a story cobbled together in 45 minutes from start to finish could win a contest.

  • 2013
     

    • Amazon Direct Publishing
      April 2013
      "Cold Blue" short story released for Kindle.

    • Amazon Direct Pulbishing
      December 2013
      "The Book of Madness" poetry chapbook released for Kindle.

 

Darn Good Yarn
 

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