Shelley Benjamin, a resident of southeast Florida, is an award-winning digital artist.
She received a BS in Textile Design from Cornell University. After a career as a textile designer and weaver, she became interested in mixed media, and ultimately, photography.
Ms. Benjamin’s experimentation and involvement with digital photography began after she purchased her first DSLR camera. Ms. Benjamin’s experimentation and involvement with digital photography began after she purchased her first DSLR camera. During the learning process, she joined an international group of digital artists in Sebastian Michael’s Awake and Kaizengroups. With the advanced training she was able to develop her skills, which has allowed her to transform her images to reflect her vision. The inspiration from the group opened up the possibilities of taking photos into a new realm.
She is motivated by the art she sees in museums and galleries. From the time she was young she has always been an avid museum visitor. Her background in weaving exposed her to the art of fine crafts and the masters in those fields.
Shelley uses her photos as the foundation for a digital painterly approach, utilizing modern technology to enhance and transform the original image. Drawing upon her textile design background, she imparts a tactile feeling to her work. She is challenged and inspired by color, reflections, light, the changing seasons, nature and architectural elements. Shelley is always searching for the extraordinary visual imagery in very ordinary environments.
Ms. Benjamin states that her goal is to share the beauty around her and impart the uplifting feelings to the viewer that are the source of her inspiration.
Shelley Benjamin’s work has been exhibited in local and international competitions and in online galleries as well as being featured in national digital photo and print magazines.
As a photographer shooting everything in sight all my adult life, I have boxes of prints and negatives and now my computer is full of digital images. As an artist, I’ve been drawing since I could hold a No.2 Pencil.
I bought my first analog camera in Amsterdam Holland. I toured the byways and highways from the Zandvoort Grand Prix to the Churches of Venice Italy. I owned a camera every day since then and spent much time on road trips. When I got back to the US I spent a month on the road taking pictures from NY To Washington DC, then I followed Route 66 to California. I started getting into digital in 1999. I was traveling and wanted to capture the moment to later do sketches and paint. I would stop along the way to catch up with the art; I came from Central California to Nevada, I left Reno for Cheyanne, Florida, Montana, then Oregon, Washington, back to Oregon, finally Nevada again in 2006. Meanwhile left the organic art behind and now just do digital.
I think of photography as left brain and drawing as right brain. If you're mostly analytical and methodical in your thinking, you're said to be left-brained. My camera has an infinite number of calculations to get the photo present before me. My pencil and brush make marks on a canvas subject to my imagination to form an image inspired from photography.
I like loose and impressionistic art as opposed to photo-realism. Also, there is an even split between urban and nature images in my library. Several original sketches and painting are being integrated with Photoshop and Corel Painter. My endeavors are then posted to various digital mediums and print.
AS a photo artist I create and manipulate photographic images, adding text and other elements to the image. I also generate original illustrations by hand and with computer software in addition to determining the layout, text and color schemes for digital and print projects.
Living in Reno provides me with many events and scenic views of the natural wonders to capture and interpret in my art. I spend a lot of time in the High Sierras with my camera. Also engaging in the special events such a Hot August Nights, The River Festival, Art Town, etc. for photographic and inspiration needs.