Jocelyn Benford is an abstract watercolor artist. She began painting in 2020 and is primarily self-taught. What began as a Covid hobby has become a passion, and she recently retired early from teaching to devote herself full-time to making art. Jocelyn’s work has been selected for numerous online and brick-and-mortar gallery exhibitions, including recent shows at Established Gallery, 440 Gallery, and St. HROUDA in Brooklyn, and at First Street Gallery in Manhattan. In October of 2022, Jocelyn spent 2 weeks at Studio Faire, an arts residency in France, and she recently completed a stay-at-home residency with Artist Alliance Community, investigating alternative ways to mount and display watercolor paintings. Jocelyn has begun teaching online painting classes, and she maintains a robust Instagram account. Her work can be seen in collections in France, the UK, Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand, and throughout the US.
I am an abstract painter, and I work primarily in watercolors with mixed media elements. I’m inspired by the interplay of colors, shapes, and uneven lines, and I love the fluid, unpredictable nature of watercolor paints. I work very intuitively: I always have a starting point - a particular color combination or the focal point - but then I just go wherever inspiration leads me, often surprising myself! I find myself particularly drawn to loose rounded shapes, which have become a recurring motif in much of my work. These shapes and lines might take the form of circles, eggs, or nests, and they speak to me of wholeness, resilience, buoyancy, and harmony. They feel at home.
Painting brings me peace, balance, and joy, and it helps me maintain an even keel in our uncertain times.