Denita Benyshek, 2019, The Nighthawk, acrylic on rag cotton paper, 42" H x 85' W
During a flight, saw Mt. Rainier through the plane's window and did a quick sketch on a napkin. I then worked on this painting for 10 years, through many changes, an entire mountain range came and went, a storm blew through, large trees grew in the foreground, then vanished. Dark night with purple clouds, then day, then a low mist. One day, the painting asked for a yellow gold sky. Although I wasn't sure about this, I did as asked and the painting was done!
Denita Benyshek, 2019, The Nighthawk, detail.
Denita Benyshek, 2020. The Still Lake of Reverie. 37.75" H x 77" W, acrylic on rag cotton paper.
Near my mountain home is a lake. Spring fed, the water is rather cold. In the summer, I enjoy swimming back and forth across the lake, floating in the middle and looking up at the clouds, treading water and gazing at mountains and trees. I walk along the shore, all seasons, coming to know the rocks and trees and wildlife. I bring home water from the waterfall to use in my studio, incorporating the mountain water into my paintings.
Denita Benyshek, 2020, The Still Lake of Reverie, detail of alder tree.
Denita Benyshek, 2020, The Still Lake of Reverie, detail of water.
Denita Benyshek, 2020, The Plateau, 22.5" H x 30" W, acrylic on fabric collage and cotton rag paper.
From a series of 62 sketches drawn during drive from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Canyon de Chelly, Arizona.
Denita Benyshek, 2018, sketches of cliff dwellings in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona.
Denita Benyshek, 2018, sketch, near continental divide.
Denita Benyshek, 2020, Crossing the Continental Divide, acrylic on fabric collage and rag cotton paper, 40" H x 42" W.
Denita Benyshek, 2020, Spider Woman Rock, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, acrylic on fabric collage and cotton rag paper, 30" H x 22.5" W.
Artist Denita Benyshek in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2019. Richard Levitt, photographer.