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Katherine Allen Bennett 

Artist Katherine Bennett with her kids

Artist Statement

Katherine Bennett was born into a family of artists, but has always considered herself more of an “art appreciator” than true artist. With a background in political science and journalism (Wheaton College B.A. 1996), she did not begin to paint regularly until 2008. What began as a hobby quickly grew into a passion, and 
Bennett trained under William St George, Dianne Paranelli Miller, and Vincent Crotty.Color and texture figure heavily into Bennett’s work, and her style has evolved away from being strictly representational. The goal is to evoke the energy of a landscape in the visual experience of the viewer. Bennett’s recent landscapes include images of the ocean during the coronavirus lockdown. “The water was different- more 
restless- even as the world seemed to have gone quiet”, she remarked. Drawing inspiration from American Impressionist Childe Hassam, Bennett also enjoys the work of William Glackens, George Bellows and her first mentor, William St George. All share a love for bold color and texture. Bennett continues to see herself as an art appreciator as she builds her own collection, and is drawn to work that depicts light in unexpected ways. “When in doubt, I choose work that makes me feel inspired.”