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Carol Bennett Art

Carol Bennett (United States, b. 1954)

Splitting her time between Hawaii and California, Carol Bennett (b. 1954) has mastered the art of capturing movement in her enigmatic paintings.

While Bennett has garnered praise for the meditative sensibility that characterizes her paintings as well as a bold use of bright colors, some of her works are more famous than others. In fact, her “Women in Water” series is perhaps her most well-known collection. As its name implies, the series features women swimming. They’re captured from an underwater perspective, and their faces are either out of frame entirely or obscured by the sun-dappled surface of the water, which serves as a showcase for Bennett’s portrayal of the qualities of sunlight. The upper half of each painting is flecked with the blues and greens of the ocean as well as whatever color the subject’s bathing suit happens to be.

The series originated with Bennett sketching swimmers at an athletic club’s pool in Los Angeles, but as her process evolved, her husband, Wayne Zebzda, began to film the artist on her daily swim on Kauai. The resultant images inform her work, but she doesn’t consider these works to be depictions of her in particular.

“I swim seven days a week, and while I don’t consider them self-portraits, I am the swimmer in the paintings,” Bennett has said.

Given her constant proximity to the ocean, it’s no surprise that Bennett is inspired by water’s glassy properties, citing its presence as both “a mirror and then a window.” Her radiant paintings, whether she’s working with oil and shellac on paper or wood panels, allow her to explore sunlight in such a rich and provocative way that it’s as if she endeavors to suspend rays of light above the water’s surface, making them seem as tangible and physical as the swimmers themselves.

Aside from her works that hang on the walls of galleries and museums around the world, Bennett has also painted murals and even a 48-foot photovoltaic solar canopy for the Hawaii State Art Museum Sculpture Garden.

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"Jewel (paper)" painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Oil painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" h...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

"Interrupted II (Swim with Matisse) Paper" Abstract floral painting blue, yellow
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic

"Water Colors" Woman Swimming in Red Bathing Suit with Reflections on Water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"Water Colors" Woman Swimming in Red Bathing Suit with Reflections on Water "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Flow (paper)" Abstract painting of a woman in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract oil painting of a woman in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has follow...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil, Acrylic

Effervescence, Swimmer, Water, Floating, Painting, Female, Figurative, Beach
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Effervescence is a figurative artwork featuring a female swimmer floating in the water. It is a mixed media painting. Artwork is 18 x 18. This is part of the latest series by Ha...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Wood Panel

Dissolve, Swimmer, Water, Painting, White, Blue, Female Figure, Beach
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Dissolve is a figurative swimmer artwork. It is acrylic, oil and varnish on wood panel. Artwork is 35.5 x 35.5. Carol Bennett spends all of her time surrounded by water, and a ...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Wood Panel

"Lotus Action Figure" Abstract oil painting of woman in lotus pose in blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract oil painting of a woman in lotus pose in a blue pool. “I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclusion…I am intr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Wood Panel, Oil

Waiohai, Surfboards, Surfing, Water, Work on Paper, Blue, Orange, Red, Figure
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Waiohai is a series of four individual works on paper featuring surfboards and surfers. Each artwork is 15 x 5. It is a mixed media painting on paper. It is framed to 21x27 with a...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Archival Paper

"Summer Sojourn 1" Woman in Orange Bikini Swimming with Reflections on Water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"Summer Sojourn 1" Woman in Orange Bikini Swimming with Reflections on Water “I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclu...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil

Current, Swimmer, Water, Work on Paper, Blue, Green, Female Figure
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Current is a figurative artwork featuring a female swimmer through the water. It is a mixed media painting on painted wood grained paper. Artwork is 22.5 x 30. It is framed to 2...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Archival Paper, Varnish, Oil, Acrylic

Malibu Dawn Patrol, Surfer, Water, Painting, Blue, Orange, Male Figure, Waves
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Malibu Dawn Patrol is a figurative artwork featuring a male surfer catching a wave. It is a mixed media painting. Artwork is 31.5 x 31.5. This is part of the latest series by Ha...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Wood Panel

Suspense Study, Swimmer, Water, Framed, Work on Paper, Female Figure,beach house
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Suspense Study is a figurative swimmer artwork with a red bathing suit by Hawaii Artist, Carol Bennett. It is a work on paper with hand painted wood grain on the paper. It is acryl...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Archival Paper

"Separation" Female Figure Underwater Etching by Carol Bennett
By Carol Bennett
Located in Soquel, CA
Unique etching of a female figure submersed beneath the surface of water by California and Hawaii artist Carol Bennett (American, b.1954). Signed "Carol Bennett 1993" lower right and...
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1990s American Impressionist Carol Bennett Art

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Etching, Laid Paper

Twist, Swimmer, Water, painting, Oil, Acrylic, Wood Panel, Figurative, Female
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Twist by Hawaii artist Carol Bennett is a figurative swimmer artwork. It is Acrylic and Oil on Wood Panel. Perfect for a beach house. Her work is a meditative journey through both...
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2010s Realist Carol Bennett Art

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Oil, Acrylic, Wood Panel

Waterfall Duet 1, Water, Gold, White, Flowing, Acrylic, Oil, Painting, unframed
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Waterfall Duet 1 is an original waterfall painting by Hawaii artist Carol Bennett. It is reminiscent of the beautiful flowing waterfalls throughout the Hawaiian islands. It is Acry...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Acrylic, Board, Varnish, Oil

Waterfall Duet 2, Water, Gold, White, Flowing, Acrylic, Oil, Painting, unframed
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Waterfall Duet 2 is an original waterfall painting by Hawaii artist Carol Bennett. It is reminiscent of the beautiful flowing waterfalls throughout the Hawaiian islands. It is Acry...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Board

"Hang Time" black and white acrylic painting of feet floating in water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Ink, Acrylic, Wood Panel

Flat, painting inspired by Hawaii Fish, Red, black, Green, Oil, Ink on panel
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Flat is Ink and Oil and Varnish on Wood Panel inspired by the Hawaii Flatfish. It is 20x20 filled with red, orange, black and green. Carol Bennett spends all of her time surrounded...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Ink, Oil, Wood Panel

Salmon Study, Mixed Media work on paper, Swimmer, Water, Coral, Orange, floating
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Salmon Study by Hawaii artist Carol Bennett is Oil and Shellac on Paper, 22x22. It is framed to 24x24. Carol Bennett spends all of her time surrounded by water, and a great deal wi...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Archival Paper, Varnish, Oil

"Skippy (paper)" abstract painting of woman, pink bikini swimming in green water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract painting of a woman in pink bikini swimming under green water. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swi...
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2010s Abstract Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Ink, Oil

"Break Time (paper)" abstract painting of a woman swimming in teal water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract mixed media painting of a woman swimming under teal water. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer...
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2010s Abstract Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil, Acrylic

"Time Out (paper)" abstract painting of a woman swimming under teal water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract mixed media painting of a woman swimming under teal water "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer ...
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2010s Abstract Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

"Lift Study II (paper)" watercolor painting of woman swimming under blue water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Watercolor

"Lift Study I (paper)" watercolor painting of a woman swimming in blue water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Watercolor

"Bad Ass Rose (paper)" Acrylic painting on paper of a white rose with red dots
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Mixed Media, Acrylic

"Little Big Fall 3 (paper)" Abstract painting of waterfall with dark background
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Acrylic

"Epic White Falls (paper)" Acrylic painting of a black and white waterfall
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Acrylic

"Free (Blonde)" Oil painting of a woman in white swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Oil painting of a woman in white swimsuit in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" h...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Free Horizon" Oil painting of a woman in a white swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Oil painting of a woman in a white swimsuit in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The Swimmer series h...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil, Panel

Fish Skin Study painting, Reverse painting on glass gold leaf, oil, cobalt
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Fish Skin Study by hawaii artist Carol Bennett is a reverse painting on glass artwork. It is Oil, Varnish, Gold Leaf and powdered Cobalt. It is 9x12. Carol Bennett's artwork is a ...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Gold Leaf

"Free Floating" Oil painting of a woman in a white swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Oil painting of a woman in a white swimsuit in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series"...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil, Panel

"Relax" oil painting of a swimmer floating in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Oil painting of the feet of a swimmer floating in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer serie...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Summer Sojourn 2" Woman in Orange Bikini Swimming with Reflections on Water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"Summer Sojourn 2" Woman in Orange Bikini Swimming with Reflections on Water “I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclu...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil

"Holding Room (paper)" Abstract painting of woman in red swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract oil painting of a woman in red swimsuit in a blue pool. “I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclusion…I am in...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil

"August Suspense (paper)" painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Oil painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" h...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

"Om/Mom" Black and white abstract seascape of figures in the ocean
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Black and white abstract oil painting of figures in the ocean with a resin finish. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drift...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Resin, Oil, Wood Panel

"Titanium" oil painting of a woman in a white swimsuit in blue pool & reflection
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Wood Panel, Oil

"Rose Cartemus" oil painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

"White Cadillac 3 (paper)" oil painting of woman in white swimsuit in blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

"Flame Angel" Abstract mixed media reverse triptych painting behind glass
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Abstract Carol Bennett Art

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Gold Leaf

"See Water (Paper)" oil painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

"Archer (Paper)" oil painting of a woman in a white swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

"Amy Being Cool" black and white oil painting of a woman swimming underwater
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Black and white oil painting of a woman swimming underwater. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

"Carol Being Cool" black and white oil painting of a woman swimming underwater
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Black and white oil painting of a woman swimming underwater. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Manganese, Swimmer, Water, Painting, Red, Blue, Female Figure, Beach, Swimming
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Manganese is a figurative swimmer artwork by Hawaii artist Carol Bennett. It is acrylic, oil and varnish on wood panel. Artwork is 44 x 44. It is a great artwork for a beach hous...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Wood Panel

"Effervescence" oil painting of a woman in a red suit in turquoise water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
oil painting of a woman in a red suit in turquoise water "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" ha...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

"Fresh Water Drops" Black and white oil painting on paper of ripples in water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Black and white oil painting on paper of ripples in water. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series"...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

"See Water" Oil Painting of a Woman in a Red Swimsuit in Blue Pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"See Water" Oil Painting of a Woman in a Red Swimsuit in Blue Pool "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil, Panel

"Summer Sojourn 5" Woman in White Bikini Swimming and Reflection of Water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"Summer Sojourn 5" Woman in White Bikini Swimming and Reflection of Water “I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclusio...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil

"Summer Sojourn 4" Woman in White Bikini Swimming & Reflection of Water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"Summer Sojourn 4" Woman in White Bikini Swimming & Reflection of Water “I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclusion…...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil

"Summer Sojourn 3" Woman in White Bikini Swimming with Reflections in Water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"Summer Sojourn 3" Woman in White Bikini Swimming with Reflections in Water “I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclus...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Oil

"Havenhurst (paper)" Abstract painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract oil painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The Swimmer s...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

Heleconia
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Carol Bennett Art

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Glass, Mixed Media

Trigger
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Carol Bennett Art

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Glass, Mixed Media

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