My style started with a pair of woolen gloves. I had purchased them at the Great Bazaar in Istanbul and was fascinated with their folk patterns and colors. Doing a painting of such a subject intrigued me. Could I create this knit look in watercolor? Using gouache paint gave me the control I needed to make the threads look real. I liked the look and quickly realized that all cultures have some form of knitting and weaving. Could this look lead to a personal style that could tap into my interest in travel and history?  Well, that has proved to be the case as well as a means to overlap my world of painting with the world of fabric design. Check out my clothing line products at

I just published a book, Night Skies, that features 44 of my paintings about the night sky. This is a hardbound, 48-page book with full-color illustrations. $25.00 plus shipping.

As for my educational background: I have an M.A. from The University of LaVerne, Athens, Greece and a B.F.A. from The Maryland Institute of Art. I've had numerous one-man shows, developed a series of tapestries for Pendleton Woolen Mills and have created numerous paintings for posters, cards and book illustrations.

Paul Alan Bennett