Instructor Mary Benson

steven_ayokeeMary Benson


Favorite painting style: minimalism

Janine is a talented artist who is predominantly trained as a painter. In her artwork, Janine is interested in using methods of humor and nostalgia through imagery. She is most inspired by painting with gouache and oil paint, and she also creates art through printmaking. With her warm presence and fun-filled attitude, Janine likes to have a lot of fun while teaching. Humor is a strong element in her own artwork, and she brings laughter to her art classes and to her students. Janine participated in the Cercca Residency Program in Llorenç del Penedés, Spain where she also organized a large international workshop for children. She received her education from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Janine has exhibited her artwork in several group art gallery exhibitions, and she also been featured in the publication “The ArtBlog.”


  • Favorite Artists – Marc Chagall, Nick Cave, Amedeo Modigliani, and Pierre-Auguste Renior
  • Favorite Painting to View – Monet’s Water Lilies
  • Favorite Painting to Instruct – Santori
  • Favorite Music for Painting – Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, The Mountain Goats
  • Hobbies – Making music, WINE, my cat, going on very long bike rides
  • Fun Fact – I have been to 48 out of the 50 states