About Kate Benzin Art

Am I a born artist?

No. Most definitely not!

In fact, I 'knew' that I had no artistic ability whatsoever. Until this year, I had taken only one brief drawing class at L.A. City College.

So how did I eventually find my way to art?


"There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns." - Edward de Bono


My Studio

Three - the Magic Number

Creativity had to call me three times before I got serious.

In my mid-20s, I took a drawing course at L.A. City College because I felt that something was missing in my life.

That was the first time creativity called out to me. But I didn't follow up for another 30 years.

Yes, in my 50s, I answered the call again - this time with oil paints. An artist friend helped me buy supplies, showed me how to mix colors, and told me to just play with light and dark.

Oil painting was fun, but life got in the way. My job as a tour director kept me on the road most of the year, and that just wasn't conducive to painting. I once again ignored my creative calling for 20 years.

Yes, I'm now in my 70s and answering the call to creativity for real. And I'm absolutely in heaven. 

"To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it." - Osho

Online Inspiration

Technology has made living overseas much easier than before ATMs and Skype.

But the biggest benefit for my creative side is that I can watch online tutorials from artists who are willing to share their expertise. Some of the videos are free on YouTube, and some I pay for.

And then the icing on the cake is that I post my work on my Facebook page and get encouragement from followers who really spur me on.

Can you believe that the first time I posted a finished painting, someone asked if I would be willing to post the painting in the various stages of progress?

I was horrified. That would be so embarrassing. Paintings invariably go through one or more ugly stages.

But I agreed and sometimes post paintings in various stages.

"The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you?ll discover will be wonderful. What you?ll discover is yourself." - Alan Alda

Everyone's Invited!

Please spread the word about Kate Benzin Art - the more, the merrier.

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