John Bohnenberger (1926 - 2012) Born: Chicago, Illinois. When he was fourteen years old his family moved to the West Coast and settled. After high school he served in the U.S. Army and then returned from duty to live in California. For many years he worked as a Government employee, but also found plenty of time to paint watercolors. He is a self-taught artist and has worked in a variety of painting styles ranging from tight and representational to very loose and abstract.