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The National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), a professional organization for women artists, composers, and writers, promotes the development of creative talents of professional women in the arts. The national organization has over 5,000 members; the Honolulu Branch has over 100 members and affiliated Friends.
 
 

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Anita Benson


Blue Kiawe
Acrylic
30 X 24

 


Kalihi Brothers
Acrylic over gessoed surface
30 X 24

 


Watercolor Fish of Hawaii
50 watercolors

 


Chinese Zodiac Talk
Acrylic
30 X 24

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 future?

     "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


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