|Ritchie Benson biography provided courtesy of “California Watercolors 1850-1970” By Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last. |
Ritchie A. Benson (1941-1996)...Born: Los Angeles, CA
Studied: Art Center School (Los Angeles)
Member: American Watercolor Society, California Water Color Society.
Ritchie Benson grew up in the Los Angeles area during the World War 11 era. By the late 1950s, Benson was studying watercolor painting and by the 1960s was exhibiting on a national level. He spent a great deal of time painting along the California coast and was most interested in producing works which pictured boats and harbor scenes. Ritchie's watercolors were sold through the Challis Gallery in Laguna Beach and through art association exhibition sales. Although he continued to paint occasionally in Southern California, most of Benson's later works were done in Mendocino, California, or farther north in Washington state where he spent a lot of time painting on the beaches and in the harbors.
Ritchie A. Benson Biographical information:
Interview with R.A. Benson, 1994
Esther Wells Gallery, Laguna Beach, 1993.