March and April 2018
Main Area: Lainey Benson, acrylic paintings
Lainey comes from a talented family of artists and musicians. In her family, drawing was a daily pastime. At the early age of seventeen, Lainey moved to Nelson, where she worked as a framer in an art gallery; she met and married her husband Jim and returned to the field of developmental disabilities, a passion she had discovered in high school. It wasn’t until their family had grown that her love of drawing was rekindled. Now, Lainey spends almost every day painting. continually astonished and delighted by this turn in her life. Surrounded by the natural beauty and elegant small town charm of Nelson, she seeks to capture these attractions with her vibrant, uplifting style.
Teen Scene: John Stegman, paintings
John Stegman has been drawing since he was knee-high to a pencil. In later years, weekly figure drawing sessions put pencils and conté to good use, and John started working with colour.
It was the painterly effects he was achieving that led to fellow artists suggesting a movement into painting with acrylics, delving into subjects that include people, architecture, landscape, and still life. From macro to micro, John plays with subjects from landscape to portraiture to architecture and architectural details.
A college instructor in math and computer technology, John explains that: “I do it because I can do it, because I enjoy it, and because I find it endlessly challenging. I do it because it uses the opposite side of my brain than what I normally use.”