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Harwood (Woody) Benton

Harwood O. Benton III (Woody) was born in Colorado in 1946. Shortly thereafter,  he & his parents moved to a small town outside of Rheims, France. Woody attributes his initial exposure to fine art to his mother, who ushered him through museums & galleries across post-World War II Europe. As a child, Woody included drawing among his pursuits. During his early twenties, his creativity turned to acting, and he became a member of a Shakespearian company which traversed the United States. In between shows, Woody continued to draw, expanding his skills in fine art by turning to watercolor painting.  Woody takes pride in the fact that he is self-taught. He has looked to such masters of fine art as John Singer Sargent, Sir William Russell Flint, Joseph Turner, and John Waterhouse to direct his pursuit of excellence in the challenging medium of watercolor. Woody's eclectic selection of subject matter bespeaks his continued interest in the diversity and shared humanity of multiple cultures.

Woody's paintings are often based upon his own travels.  His work can be found in galleries throughout California and the Hawaiian Islands, as well as private collections Internationally.


Woody currently teaches watercolor classes in various locations throughout San Luis Obispo County, where he resides with his wife, Joni of thirty-seven years.


Woody paints exclusively with Winsor & Newton watercolor pigment on 300-LBS. full rag Arches watercolor paper. This choice of materials assures the collector of the longevity of the original image over time. Woody offers only original works, rather than reproductions, to ensure that the full value of each unique piece is realized by the collector, over time.

Juror’s Choice Award   Central Coast Watercolor Society    ”Aquarius” 2018


First Place Award    Morro Bay Art Association’s Annual Juried Show    ”Aquarius” 2018


Signature Membership | Honorable Mention   Central Coast Watercolor Society   ”Aquarius” 2020

Judge’s Choice |  Juried Exhibition    Central Coast Watercolor Society    ”Shell Beach” 2018

First Place | Juried Exhibition  Morro Bay Art Association  “China Cove” 2018

Juried Exhibition | Honorable Mention    Morro Bay Art Association    “Temple Courtyard” 2019

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