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Douglas Bennion

...about me

I was born and grew up on the desert Southwest and now I’m living in the Pacific Northwest.

Growing up – just one of the kids in the back seat of the car....

As long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed looking and imagining the shapes and the lines, enjoying the colors – looking at the land; the shapes of the trees and the plants growing on it, all those colors and patterns. Then there are all the things people put on it. The lines made of fence posts and wire, the shapes and colors of building and decline. Neon lights, enamel and rust. Those constantly changing white shapes of clouds against the blue sky and the wind moved them about, and then those clouds turned into storms of every color. At night there is a blanket of stars and all the colors turn to blue and purple. There were so many things to look at, study, their shapes and colors and patterns - the bugs, and birds and lizards and snakes, and all the other animals - the wild animals, the farm animals and the pets. And the people; I believe they’ve always been my favorite. Everyone is different, the shape and color and the lines and yet we all share so many similarities. There is a balance, a grace and a body language. People seem to be every color of the rainbow, the subtle shapes, the muscles and bone, and a balance. Then wrap material around that; the textures and colors – shapes and patterns. I enjoyed watching people work, doing stuff. The shapes and colors would come together in the places they were working; the farms, shops and stores, schools and churches. So from the very beginning, all of this is what I was drawings, at first more just doodles, and then sketches, and then paintings...

I have an extensive background in education, graphic design, illustration, and publishing. But always at the end of the day, or any other time that I can find, I’ve always drawn and made paintings. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to sell them now and again, and I’ve had the opportunity to have been represented by some wonderful galleries over the years and to work with some really amazing people in the Arts.

I started exploring a variation in the traditional watercolor medium decades ago, rather than traditional watercolor papers, I started using rice paper for my paintings. A curiosity at first, an "I wonder?" It worked, I enjoye the way it takes the pigment, as well as its natural luminosity and texture. And off I went...