Mary Jane Benson
Her work represents explorations of the elements around bodies of sky and water, particularly in Maine, its essence and moods. The ocean, in league with the sky, has always fascinated her with its ability to soothe and terrify, its very solid, moving mass so easily shifted by the solid earth below it and the orbiting moon above. She uses multiple applications of paint to build a thick but transparent layering of dramatic color and movement.
MJ has been living and working in Maine since 2006, raising her family in South Portland. Her photography and paintings have been exhibited and collected internationally under the name MJ Benson.