I have enjoyed making art since the age of nine. Art always struck me as something very powerful. It still affects me this way. My unique "knit" style of painting came about after a trip to Istanbul. While shopping at The Great Bazaar I purchased a pair of colorful woolen gloves. Intrigued by the gloves' designs and texture, I made a painting of one of the gloves using gouache- an opaque watercolor. The resulting knit look suggested a style to me that could connect with my interests in travel, folk art and art history as all cultures have knitting and weaving. Several of my paintings have resulted in products that overlap with the world of fabric design. Pendleton Woolen Mills made 16 of my paintings into tapestries. My work can also be seen on a line of women's athletic clothing at artofwhere.com/artists/paulalanbennett.