The Art of Bennecelli
James (Jim) Bennett

James Bennett has worked as an artist and teacher for five decades. His artwork spans several genre -- both commercial and fine arts. Since his retirement in 2015 from full-time teaching, he has devoted himself to writing and serious fine arts painting (two of his passions). This online portfolio is an overview of his work.

Artist’s Statement

The theme of my work is the contrast and harmony between our natural environment and human construction. The images are not always what I see but what I know and feel. Color is the major emotive element throughout my art. Intuitively painted textures act as counterpoint to orthographic geometric forms which often present the viewer with optical illusions and the impression of light emanating from within the paintings.


Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, 1967. Studied with Washington Color School painters: Thomas Downing, Gene Davis, and James Twitty.

BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1970

MFA, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1972

Exhibitions & Awards

Numerous Juried Shows in Washington, DC, Virginia and North Carolina, 1967 – 1974

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

                “Virginia Artists 1969” – Certificate of Distinction

                “American Painting 1970” – Selected by Peter Selz

                Solo Show, 1970

“Virginia Artists 1971”

Undergraduate Fellowship, 1969-70

Graduate Fellowship, 1970-71

University Of North Carolina at Greensboro

                Graduate Assistantships, 1970-1972

Southwest Ohio Art Education Educator of the Year, 2003


1975 – 2015 taught at several private schools in Virginia, Ohio, and New York. Explored a variety of styles and techniques including calligraphy, illustration, murals, and portraiture, but did not exhibit during that time.


Authored Calligraphy For Dummies, 2007, as well as other books on art and four novels including The Poughkeepsie Mystery, 2016,

Inquiries Are Welcome --

Early Work


Book Illustrations & Book Cover
James Bennett Pen & Ink Drawing James Bennett Pen & Ink Drawing

Lithographs/Computer Images

James Bennett Mural

James Bennett Mural

Portraits in Oil and Graphite

Copyright © James Bennett, 2017