From Our Editors
Growing up in the communist bloc of Poland, Danuta Bennett was surrounded by homogeneity. The same artwork and furniture that decorated her own home cropped up in her neighbors’ living spaces as well. This suffocating sameness stoked the fires of Danuta’s burgeoning artistic career and spurred her lifelong dedication to filling the world with unique forms of expression. Upon relocating to the United States from Poland in 1999, Danuta coalesced her two passions—art and science—into a career in ecology and an on-the-side hobby of selling her oil paintings, photographs, and drawings. Since then, Danuta’s body of work has grown exponentially, and she continues to expand her artistic repertoire to include digital images that blur the line between painting and photograph. From the weather-worn facade of an adobe building to the glistening beads of tail sweat on a hyper-alert squirrel, Danuta’s evocative art relies on simple lines and crisp color to invite deeper viewer reflection.