Rebecca Bennett, who attended West Virginia State University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, has lived on the water most of her adult life. She lived and worked in Fort Point Channel artist community just across the bridge from Boston, until a sailing trip down the Intra-Coastal Waterway brought her to Key West.
Bennett’s paintings, first watercolors and more recently oils, are often based on direct observation of her environments: the water, beaches, the streets of Key West, and more intimate paintings of interiors, sometimes women reading. As she says, working from life “gives me more visual information that I could imagine. I try to find a sight that catches me off guard—the way the light hits a curbside, for instance, as a starting point.”
She has shown her street and beach scenes at Lucky Street Gallery, the Florida Keys Community College (best in show award), The Studios of Key West, and in galleries in Nova Scotia. She recently had a long-running show in Berlin. Bennett is one of the featured artists in a group show at Lucky Street at the end of March 2012.