Robert Benson’s art career started out as a freshman in high school. He had always had an interest in art, but from this point on, he chose to pursue it as a career. With advertising art, drawing, and painting classes, Robert developed design and drafting skills that he would taketo the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, wherehe graduated in 1975 with Dean’s List Honors and a degree in Visual Communications and Graphic Design. Shortly after that, he moved west to Colorado to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle and to establish a 25-year career as an award-winning Art Director, Graphic Designer and Illustrator in Denver, Colorado.
In 2001, Robert decided to move further west and settled in Sonoma County inCalifornia where he resides today. Here his focus shifted away from the digital world and back to the fine arts of watercolor and acrylic painting. He immediately immersed himself in the fine art community and began exhibiting with art groups, co-op galleries, cafes and wineries that were supportive of local artists. His favorites have been in-person outdoor shows where he can engage with people and tell his story.
My aim is to produce paintings of familiar subjects with universal appeal and a fresh perspective. I create appealing, accessible paintings to enhance your home or business space. My goal as a painter is to stay loose and let your eye fill in where there is little detail and to evoke an emotional response as you interact with the spirit of my work.