The art of Paula Debenedetto is a reflection of the minds we inhabit, the bodies we animate, and the world in which we live. At once chaotic yet calm, vast yet intimate, complex yet fluid, abstract yet human, and scarred, yet beautiful.
As an artist Paula draws upon her background and insight as a therapist to delve beneath the surface. “I have strong appreciation and respect for those who show their true depth.” On each canvas rich textures of color and shape emerge within a multitude of mediums – blended and layered through a variety of techniques – creating movement and depth. As in her approach to therapy, layers are carefully peeled away to reveal what’s true, honest, and authentic.
There are no preconceived notions, and no boundaries. Each canvas opens a communication that takes each viewer on their own journey of discovery and response, evoking emotion and reflection. Meaning and metaphor are left to individual interpretation. The impact is immediate and lingering.
“AS A SELF TAUGHT ARTIST, I PAINT WITH MY HEART. I KNOW A PAINTING IS COMPLETE WHEN I CAN FEEL IT WITH MY EYES. I HOPE YOU FEEL THE SAME.”
Paula is from the Chicago area and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the Aurora University and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois – Chicago. She currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and divides her time between family , her art, and a private counseling practice.