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Professional Artist Rick Bennett

A playful and contemporary application of paint is pared with an emotional attachment to my roots in Southern Culture. In rural eastern North Carolina, my mother would gather her family to the car and off they would go exploring some abandoned house, tramping through the woods or hunting for fossils along the Neuse River shore. Widening on its journey to the sound the river is feed by wide creeks and bordered with fertile marshland. Snapping turtles, owls and rattlesnakes were examined, rehabilitated, or avoided in that order. My art began with taking a camera along on my adventures. Years of crafting these imagines led me to a compositional style that followed into my watercolor paintings. Capturing the moment is the foundation of photography. Light and form brings depth and shape to photographs and these skills are the foundation of the paintings in this series.

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