Nancy Benton works mostly with acrylic but has also created art in other mediums such as watercolor, collage and ink. Her latest work has been focused on simplifying the landscape to minimal shape and palette, but still maintaining the integrity of the image. She has been experimenting with a more flat and graphic style. She finds inspiration in works from Diebenkorn, Matisse and Hockney. Her favorite subjects are landscapes with dramatic lines where natural elements mix with man-made structures. Probably the single most important element in her work is composition. Nancy spends as much time as possible outside of teaching and painting, collecting images through her travels. She than sorts through hundreds of photos to find the perfect image to paint. What initially draws her to an image is the composition and then from there she works on figuring out how to reduce the complexity of the image by focusing on a very simple palette and selectively eliminating information.
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