ABOUT BENNA

 

My deep love of colors found in nature is a driving force that compels me to paint. The subject of my work is often where the land and water meet. I like to push the boundaries of realism into abstraction. By focusing on the energy of a place rather than describing an actual representation, I hope my work gives its viewers a sense of connection to a special place they themselves visited. The manipulation of acrylic paint on canvas with palette knives and layers of medium is an intense visceral process for me. I allow my work to evolve or devolve till it generates an emotional visual experience in itself. At times, my colorful patterns offer a visual representation of our collective existence. My process begins with simple geometric forms that collide and interlace. The resulting shapes symbolize the understanding that we can function better together than apart.

I live and work in New York City and studied at the Art Students League of New York. I held a residency at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and since exhibited my work throughout the tri-state area. My paintings reside in private collections in the USA, UK, Hong Kong and Brazil.