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Memories, snapshots, and imagery from many types of media are Benham’s primary sources of inspiration for
the figures and settings of her art. A painting called The Recital Dress, for example,
shows a girl in a simple white dress: “It’s
just a memory of a recital dress my mother
made,” she says.
Benham painted another work called
The Park after taking numerous photos
when she was in New York City’s Central
benham prefers oils (above, top) to acrylics
because the latter dry too fast, and she loves to
experiment with color. Her paintings, often
saturated with bright colors, show figures at a
cocktail party, beach, park, or, as with The Critic
(above), in an art gallery setting.