Danuta Bennett is a Polish-born artist who specializes in expressive, contemporary meta-realism. Danuta creates predominantly in the medium of painting and drawings but often ventures into the photograph and digital art searching for inspiration. Her artistic creations often possess an evocative, dreamy character while representing recognizable subjects. Danuta’s images express a duality that springs from her Eastern European background and exploration of the Western world, her current surroundings. After receiving her doctoral degree in paleolimnology (climate reconstruction from microfossils) and moving to the United States, she pursued her career as an ecologist. At the same time, Danuta’s constant interest in art found its outlet in various aspects of her life through painting and digital works as she continues to be involved in creative arts. Danuta’s artwork has also been featured in scientific magazines (New Scientist, The Epoch Times, and World Environment News). Danuta currently lives in Santa Barbara, where she fully embraced life as an artist. Currently, she is illustrating a Psychology book about symbols.
She has exhibited and won awards in juried shows and shows her most recent work in local venues. Presently she is an active member and past vice president of The Santa Barbara Art Association.
ARTIST STATEMENT: I believe there is no right or wrong way to represent the inner or outer worlds. I do not limit myself to one medium or subject since my inspiration, ideas, and medium are constantly evolving. My drawings allow me to focus on the complexity of lines and rendering processes. My paintings give me the freedom to experiment with textures, light, and color. Through my photographic art, I often venture into the realm of illustrating the scene’s atmosphere by experimenting with the quality of light and perspectives.
In all my creations, the anticipation of the unknown fuels my artistic explorations. I go through the process of giving a structure to what appears chaotic at first. Each final creation is a relic that documents my journey and contains a blueprint of my creative genesis.