Jeffrey L. Benson, an artist living in Orland Park, Ill., paints landscapes with architectural elements, in part to preserve the history of old buildings. His realistic paintings are created with transparent watercolors because he feels watercolor is the ideal medium for creating texture. Texture creates realism and visual interest. “It is the texture of old boards, rocks, rusting metal, and grasses that really excite me,” he says on his website (jlbensonwatercolors.com).

The above originally text appeared in the Epoch Times.

[Featured image: “The Letter.” “This wonderful frame house is from southern Indiana. A man stands to read a letter, news anxiously anticipated. We can only wonder what the letter’s message might be.” —J. L. Benson]

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