Eye on the ephemeral
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When Loren DiBenedetto was a teenager, she enjoyed working in a florist shop owned by a family friend in her hometown of Carteret, NJ. She loved creating flower arrangements as well as drawing animals and molding clay. When it came time for college, she pursued her love of the arts at the duCret School of Art in nearby Plainfield. Eventually DiBenedetto went on to take classes at the Art Students League of New York, where she studied with David Leffel, an important influence on her work.
Early in her career DiBenedetto says she struggled with deciding what to paint. But an article she read kept resonating in her mind. The article advised artists to paint what they know. “I started doing large floral paintings and never looked back,” DiBenedetto says. “After that, everything fell into place.”
Today, the North Carolina painter regularly is juried into national shows presented by prestigious organizations such as the Oil Painters of America and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. She continues to draw inspiration for her still-life paintings from nature’s rich bounty. Her works brim with flowers, leaves, fruit, and birds’ nests. Part of her attraction to such subjects, she says, is that they exist ephemerally in time, not permanently. For one of her quintessential still lifes, NEST AND ACORNS ON BLUE, the artist explains that she was attracted to the whimsical idea of acorns “nestled in a nest.” “I like the fact that acorns can produce an oak tree just as an egg can produce a chick,” she says. “Everything is always moving forward and changing. I like to capture a moment because life is fleeting, and I want to rest upon a moment and paint it.”
DiBenedetto’s creative mission is to train her eye on something that seems ordinary and transform it into the extraordinary in the eyes of beholders. “I want to convey a feeling of contentment and peace within my work,” she says. “I want the viewer to feel the love and heart that I put into a painting.” —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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