Lynn Benson


I am drawn to forces within the natural world and I watch how we humans perceive and impact these delicate balances. My subject matter is within that dynamic realm. Working with paint, printmaking, fabric, collage, photography, installation, and more, I look for core essences and universals, surprises, fragility, and reverence, in balance with specific issues surfacing in this politically and environmentally challenged world we inhabit.

My current work relates to world water. The amazing meandering lines captured by satellite view of rivers and shorelines provide inspiration for many of my recent works. I play upon the botanical and anatomical similarities in paths of fluids and patterns of growth, relishing opportunities to push paint through layers while exploring fluid dynamics in liquid media. Whether oceans, river deltas, and aquifers, or atmosphere, drought, and rain, my longtime attraction to and interest in water is rooted in proximity to the ocean as a toddler, and awareness of the burning Cuyahoga River in the 1960s (in part leading to the federal Clean Water Act in 1972). It is impossible to ignore the crucial role that water will play in our future. I want to be a part of the conversation as we face enormous change and challenges on a global scale related to our waters..


Lynn Benson was born not far from the Atlantic Ocean and raised in the US heartland. She’s always felt a tug to be near water...a primary focus in her current work. She left the corporate world in 2010 in order to work full-time as an artist in the Kansas City region, establishing her studio near the confluence of Kansas City’s major rivers. Her varied works isolate and abstract particular lines, forms (and sometimes unnatural colors) of rivers and shorelines worldwide, with a news junkie’s eye and ear to issues affecting those places. Benson has shown in university, artist-run and commercial galleries across the country, with five solo shows in Kansas City. She has been awarded artist residencies in The Flint Hills region of Kansas and on the Gulf of Mexico, as well as an ArtsKC-Regional Arts Council Inspiration Grant in support of her Waterplaces project. Waterplaces was purchased by The Mirianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, for their permanent collection, to be unveiled within a solo show at the museum in the spring of 2018, overlapping with a solo show to follow at the Volland Gallery in Alma, Kansas..