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I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. ”  ― Pablo Picasso



Paintings are like poetry. If their meaning isn’t completely spelled out or absolutely clear, that meaning will rustle about like dried leaves and eventually come to settle. 


At that moment when the meaning comes to light one gets a sensation of peace and recognition, a glimpse of the universal. The best paintings are not tied to any particular time or place but are flexible vibrant things that bring a fresh feeling each time they are viewed.


I like to treat the painting surface not as a place to describe something but more as a place for something to happen. Put simply, my art is a random collection of chance and intent with the underlying belief that art can be a transcendent experience.  While working I like to leave evidence of the art making process (dribbles, brush strokes etc.) to celebrate the act of communication. Beauty is important but not at the expense of emotion, and passion is always more important than technique.


For me art is a quiet place of introspection and repose. I like to create work that people would want to return to time and again, work that elicits an emotional response, work where there’s truth not just taste and real beauty, not just ornamentation. Memorable art is a refuge, a place to smooth the waters. Through my work I wish the viewer a life full of quiet moments, full of answers, full of peace, and full of beautiful engaging art.

— Richard Benoit 





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