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Carol Benally

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Originally from Boston, my earliest inspirations in becoming an artist was seeing Sargent's, Rembrandt's, and Ruben's paintings at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Museum of Fine Arts.  My parents encouraged painting in at an early age. I took private instruction while in high school.  I later earned a B.F.A from Massachusetts College of Art and I also attended Montserrat College of Art. 

I have been especially influenced by Edgar Payne and Maynard Dixon's work and was fortunate to have studied with Ray Roberts, a master painter of our time. And I was always inspired by the famous painter, Georgia O'Keeffe, for her large iconic Southwest images, and her independence.

 I moved to New Mexico in 1984. Traveling and looking for beautiful places to paint became my way of life. My travels took me to Arizona where I met my husband on the Navajo Reservation.  For over 30 years, I have embraced the culture, land, and customs.   Everywhere I look there is a painting to be painted.   I am inspired by land formations, the sky, light and shadow.  When I paint, I create a connection to the land and sky that gives me peace and strength.   I have adopted the Navajo saying, "Walk in Beauty": for me it is a way of life.  In painting, I connect my spirit to the earth and the sky.   I don't look for details like a camera's eye, but I strive for painting the personal impact of a scene.

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