About Us


Tim Arsenault

Homebase: The Farmhouse, Scituate Rhode Island

Title: Founder/TreeEO

How did you find your way into bonsai?

I’m a serial hobbyist, I get really into all sorts of weird hobbies that I find fascinating. Just to name ones that start with “B”, I’m into Birding, Boardgames, Baking and Bonsai.  My interest was first piqued by the bonsai collection at the Arnold Arboretum in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston where I used to go on picnics with my wife Annie. Later I stumbled upon the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society’s annual member show at the Denver Botanical Gardens, and I bought a few trees from a vendor and got really hooked. Later, I took an intro to bonsai course with Hal Sasaki in Denver and heard about this bonsai artist, Ryan Neil, who does weekly webcasts on bonsai  (Mirai Live) and I’ve been looking for a way to work in bonsai ever since. Originally, I was going to start a field-growing company with my brother Ben, but then I came up with the idea for Bonsai Bar after taking a nature walk.

What do you enjoy the most about the art of bonsai?

Watching your babies grow up! Short of literally watching my two beautiful children grow up, there’s nothing as amazing as watching a tree grow into a more refined tree year after year. I was hooked on bonsai from the start, but every year I fall more in love with the hobby as my little “sticks in pots” get more and more developed.

What do you hope to bring to the world of bonsai with Bonsai Bar?

I’m excited to bring new energy and people into the world of bonsai! Bonsai Bar is just the most basic introduction into the world of bonsai and every class I see a spark in dozens of people’s eyes as they get really excited about this art. If we get just 2-3 people a class to dive deeper into bonsai that will flood the bonsai community in America with hundreds or thousands of new practitioners and change American bonsai for a generation!

What is your background in?

I went to college for creative writing, then worked as a server for a while before joining Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, working in politics for a few years, then non-profit work followed by several years as a software developer before finally starting Bonsai Bar. After so many varied careers in my life I’ve never been happier than I am doing what I’m doing right now, I’m very excited to take over the world with tiny trees!

Sean Lamoureux

Homebase: Albany, New York

Title: New York State Regional Director/ Media Developer

How did you find your way into bonsai? 

I found my way to bonsai during the pandemic. I was gifted a three month ‘bonsai subscription’ through an online retailer. In my effort to keep them alive, I learned more and more until one day I realized bonsai is a hobby and art form I want to pursue intensely, indefinitely.  

What do you enjoy most about the art of bonsai?

It is an art form that cannot lie dormant. It can’t be lost in a hard drive or stuffed under a bed or in a storage unit. It requires attention. It’s the time and attention required that I enjoy most. It reminds me to slow down, pay closer attention to my environment, and enjoy the quiet moments when they happen.

What do you hope to bring to the world of bonsai with Bonsai Bar?

More people to bonsai!

What is your background in? Either professionally or educationally?

My background is in fine arts and education. I was a teacher, summer program director, commercial photographer, gallery director, baker, commercial driver, and trades worker. I love teaching and bonsai. To marry the two is a dream come true.

Matt Arsenault

Homebase: Orlando, Florida

Title: C-Tree-O, Webmaster, General Tech & Support

How did you find your way into bonsai?

My brother Tim called me up and asked if I’d be willing to help him with the more technical aspects of Bonsai Bar. This freed Tim up to focus more on the bonsai aspects. And getting to work from home while chatting with my brothers for work was just not something I wanted to pass up.

What do you enjoy most about the art of bonsai? 


What do you hope to bring to the world of bonsai with Bonsai Bar?  

The energy, passion, and enjoyment that I’ve seen my brothers and co-workers have to this art being shared among the masses.

What is your background in?

My background is in computer programming all over the spectrum, starting with videogame development, moving towards game art assets development, into Web design and development, and lastly in military training software. Enjoys puzzles/logic problems (anything that makes you really think), board & video games, and reading. 

Jessi Jaramillo

Homebase: New Hampshire 

Title: Bonsai Master 

How did you find your way into bonsai?

My cousin told me my aunt had an over-30-year-old bonsai. I could not believe it and I wanted to try! I started around 2017 with many trees and killed many bonsai trees but could not kill a Portulacaria Afra. That species gave me hope that I could bonsai! I learned at first from YouTube and got inspiration from Instagram pages such as @littlejadebonsai by Gilbert Cantu. Shortly around 2020, I started my own bonsai page to inspire others @tropicanabonsai :)

 What do you enjoy most about the art of bonsai?

Working on a tree and seeing it grow and develop over time. I love to sit down on Friday nights to wire and trim my trees. One of my favorite things to do is wake up and water my trees. It may sound silly but seeing the water run off the trees is beautiful, it is like a performing art. I get a lot of joy from working on my trees and even sitting down and just watching my trees. Thinking about nothing or just thinking about life. Bonsai is truly my joy in life.  

What do you hope to bring to the world of bonsai with Bonsai Bar?

To share the hobby and inspire the next generation of bonsai artists. 

What is your background in? 

Been doing bonsai for 6 years and specialized in Portulacaria Afra. I am a part of the Northeast Bonsai Association. Have been able to work with John Romano, Suthin Sukosolvisit and Zuma Fleischmann. 

Fun fact

Watered Formosan Juniper from the Pacific Bonsai Museum!

Joe Perry

Homebase: Gloucester, Massachusetts

Title: New England Regional Director/Study Group Facilitator

How did you find your way into bonsai?

When I moved to Maine in 2009, as with any new location, I assessed what was available to me locally for entertainment and edification. As a former adventure camp director, the outdoors was always my playground, but I’d never been so fully immersed in it before. Foraging for fiddleheads, stinging nettles, ramps, seaweed, and joining the Maine Mycological Association to hunt for edible mushrooms, were all terrific opportunities. I canoed and fly-fished the rivers (as well as jumping off the bridges to swim in them). It wasn’t until 2012 that my attention turned to the contorted trees that grew out of the rock faces along the highway corridors. I wondered if these trees could be used for bonsai, with their contortions and tormented austerity. It turns out they could! Thus began my journey. After my divorce in 2015, I left Maine and said ‘goodbye’ to many of the activities that I’d enjoyed, but not bonsai. Bonsai I brought back to Massachusetts with me. Since then, my connection to bonsai has led me to places and people I’d never imagined.

What do you enjoy most about the art of bonsai?

I truly enjoy the challenge of bonsai. While this discipline can be as easy or difficult as practitioners wish it to be, I try to push new boundaries and challenges with my own (100+ trees). Bonsai is also entirely unique in that it exists at the intersection of art, culture, science/horticulture, and the natural world — how cool is that??

What do you hope to bring to the world of bonsai with Bonsai Bar?

There are many misconceptions about bonsai, and often these lead to negative experiences where people become discouraged after losing trees. Bonsai Bar offers a new inroad with the highest probability of success to avoid that outcome. In Japan, the practice of bonsai has been dying off for decades. By comparison, in the West, bonsai has been on the rise with a sharp upturn of interest during the pandemic. As the bonsai tradition is transcultural, beginning with Penjing in China, before disseminating to Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, North America, South America, Europe, India, parts of Africa, and beyond, each with its own regional style and species to work with, the entire world can be enriched through bonsai. In Bonsai Bar, we are doing our part, taking this artform out of enclosed gardens and bringing it out to the public. Not to mention, at the same time, offering people a seriously fun time! Putting smiles on the faces of others puts a smile on my own, and that’s why I love my job.

What is your background in?

My professional background is a mosaic of unusual and eclectic jobs. The most significant of these were the ten years of working with youth in the nonprofit world, and my employment(s) within the art world. The latter includes other roles within the bonsai industry, working as a gallery framer, a private art dealer/purchasing agent, and being on the staff of a prestigious auction house. Currently, I’m writing my capstone to finish my Master’s in Museum Studies from Harvard, which ties a bow around my undergraduate degrees of Anthropology and Art History. In the future, I would like to open my own museum which celebrates cultural exchange and eliminates segregated galleries and the unnecessary drawing of lines between people. This utopian vision would include the first ever universal survey museum courtyard with a bonsai garden in it(!). My dream will take years to come to fruition, and until then, I look forward to making new friends and bringing living art to our communities via the Bonsai Bar experience. 

Steven Evans

Homebase: Hudson, Massachusetts

Title: Director of Operations

What do you enjoy most about the art of bonsai?

I find the art of Bonsai to be incredible. To take and to create living miniature trees, capturing the essence of nature on a small scale. The process of shaping and pruning these trees to resemble their full-sized counterparts can be incredibly satisfying and aesthetically pleasing.

What do you hope to bring to the world of bonsai with Bonsai Bar?

The art of bonsai is a lifelong journey of learning and refinement. There is always something new to discover, whether it's mastering different pruning techniques, understanding the complex relationship between tree and pot, or exploring various species suitable for bonsai. I hope to bring this experience to as many people as possible,  through fun, beginner level workshops. 

What is your background in?

My background is in management. I also have a degree in Exercise Science.