Bud with Iris
Paul Wonner (1920-2008 ) is an American abstract expressionist best known for his still life paintings. Much of his work focuses on small objects, jars, pitchers, fruit, etc. or on specific subjects. In his youth, Wonner was interested in art, so his parents hired a tutor to help him develop his skills. After his his early art education in Arizona, Wonner set out for California in 1937. He settled in Oakland where he attended the California College of Arts and Crafts. His art school experience provided him with basic drawing and painting techniques. He graduated from CCAC in 1941 and was soon drafted into the United States Army. While stationed in San Antonio, Texas, he continued his pursuit of art and even set up a small local studio.