About Ilona Benzel
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My art is now listed at other websites/diff prices/shows/in contests/galleries/not always immediately available. If listed here they are not sold. I delete when sold.
My Experience: Bachelor's of Art
Class exhibit at Currier Art Gallery, Manchester NH
Solo art exhibit Ormond Beach Library 2015
2 Certificates of Merit from Light, Space, Time
Selected exhibit Daytona State College Jan 30-Feb 20 2017
Selected of 40 artists juried show Kaleidoscope 5/2017
Arts In The Park Ormond Beach FL May 6 & 7
Inclusion in Ampersand online magazine
Accepted for Clothing designs at Zazzle & Vida
Lonnie has painted and drawn since first influenced by her aunt
Geraldine whose dining room was a painting area. Gerry often gave her
a canvas and let her paint by her side.
In her 30s she attended a local art college, Notre Dame, which has since closed. The BA she earned was in commercial art but she also was well into fine art classes to balance her knowledge.
She spent 20+ years in print shops or newspapers working for the state of NH’s 2nd largest daily newspaper, The Concord Monitor. She was a paste up artist and ad designer working with a very expensive art program on computers that is not available to the public.
She accepted a job at a state run college, NHTI, in Concord and was the sole artist doing all materials, folders, announcements, brochures and she redesigned the college catalogue turning it from a black and white nightmare to a piece of fine artwork that was never seen on that level at the college before.
She spent her spare time designing logos for local businesses (Omni Services, RockTech, Aesthetic Dental, Capital Well, East Coast Metal, `Bianco Prof. Assn, Maine Drilling and more) some that appear regularly on television in ads.
She is the sole author of 4 novels self-published: Night Predators, Deadly Magic, Puppies, Anyone?, Lions, Elephants & Bears (her 1st yr of being Animal Control Officer for the Weare, NH PD) all being sold on Amazon and other markets.
Her paintings that sold in NH were small oils mostly of the foliage, local fields and creeks. She lost her passion for painting after losing her husband and 3 elderly dogs before moving to FL in 2007. Mixing paint and using turpentine was too tedious and overwhelming then she discovered some acrylics at a yard sale.
Since then she has produced loose work done with sponges, house sized paintbrushes and sometimes a pallet knife. Her work is looser, more impressionistic having a love for Monet, yet her work is obviously representational without being photo realistic. A lot is left to the imagination of the viewer. Many of her artworks will be sold with the photo she used to paint from.
She enjoys a freedom in painting that is fun and breezy. She isn’t a one trick pony adhering to one style or subject; which is atypical. She will paint anything interesting. There are so many ways to see the mysteries of life and her presentations show others how she sees her surroundings and that is her vision of accomplishment.
Since she lives between the ocean and river she has many sunrises, sunsets and water views to capture in photo and paint- never doubting for a second that every day is different. She likes the Hubble Space photos and has done a few paintings of the galaxies. She is intrigued by her childhood idea of painting horses as an adult and has recently been working on some horse paintings or having a great time experimenting with alcohol ink art since her recent introduction.
I find it difficult not to be creative. I either write or paint it's in my blood. It's harder to quit than smoking. Expression is a side of me that trusts others with my inner self and I don't mind sharing.