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William Bensen

Virginia Beach, VA

William Bensen’s interest in art developed as a young child, surrounded by a family of artisans. His interior decorator grandfather had clients such as Marjorie Post and the Vanderbilts. His father sculpted iron into creative forms. His uncle was a cinematographer who worked with Shirley Temple but in WWII was a cameraman who witnessed the liberation at Dachau. Bensen, himself, worked in network television and NASA where he earned 11 Emmy Awards. While television created a livelihood, Bensen’s passion is oil painting.

Inspired by N.C. Wyeth and Joaquin Sorolla, Bensen’s storied canvases capture solitude and the play of light upon nature. “I am drawn to the two states of nature. That inside us, and that which surrounds us. All of my works tell a story through the unique language of the paintbrush.” He has earned numerous art awards including the Grumbacher Gold; Silver & Bronze for Best Commemorative Poster/Internat’l Festivals-Events Assoc; and won Best Floral at Plein Air Easton/Local Color. His works are included in private collections across the U.S.

William Bensen
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