Growing up the daughter of well-known oil painter Katy Kay Bonner, Rebecca Mannschreck couldn't wait to become an artist herself.
“I grew up coming to this show for several years and couldn't wait to be an accepted artist, too,” Mannschreck said of the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts.
Her family was originally from Lawton, but the 53-year-old now lives in Broken Arrow.
Her mother's art career was a family affair, Mannschreck said.
Her father, Punk Bonner, would wrap the pieces and load up the van for shows.
He'd set up and break down the exhibits, and much of the time, the family would travel to the shows all together.
But it wasn't until her mother became ill with a respiratory disease in the 1990s that Mannschreck really began expressing her own artistic side.
She'd become a stay-at-home mom after a career as a social studies teacher.
When her mom took sick, Mannschreck wanted to help her continue to paint, so she'd set up a palette, do the background and the harder strokes herself, then let her mother take over.
Mannschreck's own artistic talent started to shine through and her mother encouraged her to do her own paintings.
“So we were literally doing shows together, and the last show we did together was when she passed away,” Mannschreck said.
That last show was in Tulsa in 1997.
“We were all together. It was beautiful. It's sad, but it's absolutely beautiful,” Mannschreck said.
Now, Mannschreck spends most of her free time painting, though she prefers acrylics to the oils her mother loved.