Born: May 19, 1920
Habersham Co., GA.
Resides: White Co., GA.
Bonnie Loggins career as an artist began abruptly in 1956 or 57 when her husband, a house painter, came home and announced that he had a job painting a picture in the church where he was working. O'brian, or Tarzan to all who knew him, had never made art before, but told his wife he knew he could do it because he had grown up watching his father - a plumber - paint pictures. Tarzan began working on the painting after the next work day was completed. Bonnie's art career started with her more or less forced collaboration when O'brian came home and told her she would have to paint the people in the painting the next day because he did not know how to paint them. Her only attempt at art had been at age 12 when an older brother gave her a small watercolor set. Bonnie recalls trying to paint with the watercolors and making a mess of it all. She remembers staying awake all night after Tarzan's announcement worrying and wondering what she would do the next day. She decided to get the Bible out and look in it for some sort of reference. The next day she was able to complete the mural.
After this initial success requests for their paintings came one after another as word spread of their talent. They were a team who completed paintings in
churches throughout northeast Georgia. Bonnie also added the highlights and any buildings and animals to the paintings. Smaller paintings were completed and sold to private collectors. Many times the paintings brought in much needed grocery money for the Loggins and their two sons. A postcard painted on a four foot by eight foot piece of plywood was sent to President Carter upon his election. Bonnie and Tarzan completed a seventy foot long painting on sheets of plywood for a north Georgia restaurant. During this time Bonnie started doing her own
separate works, some as gifts for her family. Upon Tarzan's death in 1994, Bonnie said she would not paint any more. But her lifelong interest in art was stronger than she had reckoned. She soon resumed painting.
Loggins grew up on a farm in a neighboring county as one of nine children. With four older siblings, Bonnie's job at the cotton field was to care for her younger brothers and sisters. She remembers sitting at the edge of the field with the babies on a blanket spread on the ground while her parents and the older children tended the cotton.
Bonnie lives within sight of the church where Tarzan is buried. She still has the small watercolor set her brother gave to her when she was 12.