I attended the Maryland Institute of Art for my B.F.A. and received my M.A. from the University of La Verne, Athens, Greece. My work has been used by card companies as well as for poster, short story illustrations, book jackets and CD covers. I have twice won best watercolor award in the Beaverton Showcase, Best of Show in Co-Arts, best painting award at The Oregon State Fair, as well as awards in other national and regional shows. My work is a part of the 1% collection for art at The University of Eastern Oregon and also at Central Oregon Community College. In 2006, Pendleton Woolen Mills produced 16 of my images as tapestries.
My style started with a pair of woolen gloves that I had purchased on a trip to Istanbul. I was curious to see if I could paint the knit look and the designs of the glove in watercolor using gouache paint. This paint gave me the control I needed to make the knit threads look real. I was able to successfully copy this knit look and started looking for other ways I could use it in my work. Knitting and weaving are common to all cultures so this look lent itself well to incorporating much of my interests in travel, folk art and art history. It is also a meditative way to work and I enjoy that aspect as well.
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Paul Alan Bennett