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Grace Benedict


"Bare Tree" colored pencil 2009

Artist’s Bio
Grace Benedict began working with color pencils from a very early age when she filled in the squares of graph paper to create color patterns. Her drawings have evolved to a level of heightened detail and color use. She completed her B.F.A. degree at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1977 and her MFA in drawing and painting at Tulane University in 1979. She continues to explore the spontaneity of drawing from life, abstracting and inventing form, as well as pursuing a fully descriptive visual statement. Her focus on natural form and the figure lends itself to a variety of media, which includes chalk pastel, charcoal, graphite, watercolor and ink, any of which can be combined with colored pencil. She has lived in Lafayette since 2000 and has been teaching drawing at Purdue University in the Visual and Performing Arts Department since her arrival.