Maria Bennett

Contemporary Artist

Based in North Yorkshire

About Maria Bennett


About Maria Bennett

Maria Bennett B.1960 spent her youth in the industrial North East and studied at Middlesbrough college of Art & Design in the 70s and went on to pursue her education with a degree in Chemistry and a career in engineering.

After this moving to the south of England in Farnham and further developed her career in aerospace and aircraft technologies. Eventually moving back to North Yorkshire, she has spent 20 years specialising in bespoke picture framing, assisting others present their artwork. Protecting and creating an extension of the artwork into frames of many sorts.

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She has initially concentrated on printmaking and watercolour painting and is now concentrating oil and wax medium. Her work has been exhibited at Harlow Carr, Scarborough Art Gallery and several local Art societies.

Now finally returning to her lifelong passion of creating atmospheric landscapes, sketching and painting plein air. Maria’s style is expressive and full of texture. Her landscapes capture a moody depiction of North Yorkshire farms, buildings, and landscapes.

Her collection of work extends to producing artwork in the form of etchings, collographs and watercolour mediums as well as oil and wax.

Maria says:

"My artistic vocabulary and vision has emerged and developed in recent years after a lifetime of sketching and watercolour painting. I now translate landscapes and rural life into an interesting visual language of ruralism painting. Bringing colour, tone and mark making together as my style especially now in the medium of oil and wax.

The North Yorkshire Moors is a constant inspiration for me, every time I stop to make drawings and sketches, I see everyday views in a new light. Looking at the countryside fascinates me returning to my studio high above the picturesque Esk Valley, to create the entire scene, unifying the experience and feelings of the place into finished atmospheric painting."

by Jack Barber