Denise Benwell

I moved to Dunedin from Melbourne in 1990, from one University to another for 5 years with my husband and 4 children. I joined 2 of my boys at University and completed a BA (the Arts part of it being Community and Family Studies with 2 years of Design). I have worked at the Otago Community Hospice and in Early Childhood and retired in 2008.

I have been fortunate to have traveled and lived in other countries and visited many galleries and museums. Over the years I have taken classes in Lead -lighting, Art History, Painting, Drawing for Fashion and Screen Printing. I became an Artist Member in 2013 working in Collage, in a medium where I use an eclectic range of materials.

After an introduction to Printmking at King’s High School tutored by Inge Doesburg, I moved on to Printmaking at the School of Art at Otago Polytechnic, now under the tuition of Kiri Mitchell.  I am still enjoying the challenges of learning how to etch and process prints. I use photography in my printmaking and recently have also begun exhibiting as a Photographer.

It has now been 26 years since I crossed the ditch to an Island that I thought was a bit closer to Brisbane ! I am very happily settled in Dunedin, my children are now adults, I have 5 Granchildren and my husband is about to retire.