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Ally Benbrook


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Seven years after picking up my first paintbrush, I have learned a lot, painted a lot, and studied in watercolor workshops with some very talented internationally recognized artists.

Instead of a formal art education, I went directly into the family business, a weaving mill, where I designed fabrics and operated our dye-house for over 30 years. Little did I know, I was learning and using the principles of design and color theory in my daily work.
Over the years my paintings have been selected for many juried shows and awards, including 12 national or international exhibitions in 2013. My work is included in private collections throughout the US, along with England, Sweden, and Belgium.

I've been involved with the San Diego Watercolor Society as President and in various Board positions for the past 6 years. I have a studio in Spanish Village Art Center at beautiful Balboa Park in San Diego.
The “paint what you love” philosophy has resulted in a multitude of animal-related pieces, and has now evolved into my Last Connection series. These paintings depict the incredible devotion that dogs offer to their homeless owners. Most of these people have lost the ability to connect with other human beings, and their dogs give them the emotional connection that we all need.

In all my work, I strive to show that special connection between people and animals. It’s love like no other!

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Last Connection 11 - Isolation
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Last Connection 12 – Heart to Heart
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Last Connection 2 – Street Romance

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