In creating a work of art, I strive to find the hidden messages and feelings that exist within all of us. I want the viewer to questions his/her own assumptions or experiences with the composition. Perhaps the exchange will create a strong feeling of remembrance or something that is identifiable.
In 2014, I changed my art medium from painting to working in clay. I returned to my clay roots after a 20-year painting break and feel comfortable working with this earthy tactile medium. Since I am an avid gardener, the clay connects me to the soil and grounds me.
My latest body of work deals with the human form. I am interested in creating a narrative story of everyday struggles of living and growing as a human. I want the past to integrate with the present giving the work a sense of history and strength. I am interested in how the figures translate an emotion or an experience in life that is joyous or painful but a truthful navigation of life. I also see a strong connection between our bodies and the endless cycles of nature.
I trained as a classical realist painter in the United States and France. My instructors include Ted Seth Jacobs and Anthony Ryder among other prominent international teachers. I teach painting and ceramics privately to adults. I live and work in the Houston Heights with my husband and three dogs where we enjoy time in our inner-city garden growing herbs, fruit, and vegetables.
Blessings and Peace, Tanna Bennett