I selected these images out of hundreds of paintings since they
represent who I am now. In "Kalihi Bruddahs," I was drawn to the
local boy's shadows and stark imagery, body language. They are
waiting for something unknown. They remind me of an Edward Hopper
statement on our existential angst. I love how I included a dark,
mysterious palm frond reaching out towards them. Perhaps it is their
"Chinese Zodiac Talk" was the winner of
the 2013 Joyce award. I was just having a wonderful time, twisting
zodiac animals around my images of two Chinese women in a
marketplace. I found their body language amusing.
"Blue Kiawe" is figurative and dancing.
I did an extensive series of trees since I respond to their twisting
movement and "language". I can't wait to do more!
The book, "Watercolor Fish of Hawaii",
took months and includes 50 watercolor paintings I completed using
my underwater photos and research from volunteer work at Hanauma Bay
and the aquarium.
I have been a swimmer and diver since
childhood and have been an artist since my grampa told me I was at
age 4. I completed a Master's Degree in both painting and art
history in 1980 and taught in the art department at Monterey
Peninsula College, Monterey Ca. for 20 years. I also ran figure
drawing classes at Pacific Grove Art Center. After moving to Oahu in
2005 with my husband, we have found joy and energy from the ocean
and the Aloha spirit.
When I joined Pen Women a few years ago,
I felt I had found my niche with all the creative energy just
pulsing through all of you!
- Anita Benson