Denis R Benjamin - watercolorist, naturalist, mycologist, author
Denis Benjamin, born in South Africa, emigrated to the USA in 1970. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospital in Seattle and later at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. He became a hiker and mushroom enthusiast, spending much of his leisure time on the eastern slopes of the Cascades. Now retired from medical practice, he devotes his energy to natural history and documenting his travels, flowers and mushrooms with photography and watercolors. The latter was inspired by a workshop with the noted Russian botanical artist (Alexander - Sasha - Viazmensky). The delicate transparency and vibrancy of watercolors proved to be the ideal medium to capture the images of nature. He attended botanical illustration at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. He is author of Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas (1995, WH Freeman and Co. NY, NY) and Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging (2019 Tembe Press, Fort Worth, TX). He now lives in Fort Worth and is a Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. He is a member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society (Dallas), the American Society of Botanical Artists and a Signature member of the Society of Watercolor Artists (Fort Worth). Juried shows include Society for Watercolor Artists, Trinity Arts Guild, Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Irving Arts Association, CampFire TX.
Painting from nature is not copying the object. It is realizing one's sensations.
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