My oil paintings are a vibrant expression of the feminine. I use radiant colors, often found in nature, to interpret eroticism, burgeoning growth, beauty, nature, and the human form. I am highly influenced by symbolism and duality of meaning. Sprinkled throughout my work are subtleties that add nuance to more obvious meaning.
From an early age I felt a calling to color, beauty and the feminine form. Born in Ohio, my family roots reach to Germany, Hungary and England. As a child I spent hours on the floor of my grandfather’s music room as Enrico Caruso serenaded me from the Victrola. I gazed in awe at the tall bookcases, art-covered walls and my grandfather’s art nouveau postcard collection.
This world of refinement and beauty left a deep impression on me.
Then, when I was six years old, after corrective eye surgery, I awoke to discover a world of darkness. Although I eventually healed and regained my sight, this traumatic experience instilled in me a deep appreciation for both beauty and color.
My oil paintings are devoted to beauty especially in its feminine form. I seek to create a visual feast with generous use of vivid colors. My work explores my fascination with the feminine, eroticism, and the fragility of existence.
To create my work, I find inspiration from images in magazines, contemporary photography, book illustrations, symbols, and shapes found in nature. I select, re-shape, and research to create paintings that guide my viewer to the wisdom, strength, and beauty of the eternal feminine found inside each one of us.
As a painter, I’m interested in what my subject matter reveals about my own journey but also what it stirs in the hearts of my audience.Debra Benditz had worked as a culinary consultant, CEO and antique rose aficionado before reinventing herself as a painter of lush and vibrant works inspired by nature and the feminine form.
In 1989, Glamour Magazine named Debra one of the top ten working women in America. She had launched her own business, supplying pipe to the oil and gas industry, at the age of 26 and it was flourishing.
A year after winning that award, the muse called and she sold her business and hit the road. Her wanderlust took her around the world where she climbed the pyramids of Mexico, pet California Gray Whales in Baja Mexico, led a dog-sled team in Canada, and indulged her passions for the cities of Vienna, Prague, Paris and Budapest.
Debra’s love of learning led to a stint in culinary school and studies in interior design in Scotland, anatomy for artists in Budapest and art in Paris, Trier, and Brussels. She is known for legendary dinner parties and mouth watering white chocolate, cherry bread pudding.
In 2008, at age 50, Debra graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s of fine art in studio art and never looked back.
Today she is a fine art painter working primarily in oil. Her work celebrates the feminine form in all its beauty and luminous color.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and is treasured by many private and corporate collections.