Ben’s passion for realistic representation began with portrait drawing in high school and developed into portrait painting his senior year in college. While attending Northwest Nazarene University, Ben went on a summer mission trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. While there, he painted cheerful murals on the walls of Hope Home Orphanage to encourage the disabled children that live there. Inspired by the beautiful faces of the children, when Ben got home, he produced 25 paintings in 9 months. His Senior Art Show became a silent auction event that raised over $2,000 to help fund a sustainable sewage system for the orphanage.

 

Ben with his painting of Fanola.

 

Another major project completed during Ben’s junior year in college was the painting of a mural for the NNU Veterans Services Center. The giant tri-panel mural (108” x 60”) depicts the five branches of the US military showing the transition from active service to attending college and graduating on to careers and beyond. The mural was commissioned by the NNU Veterans Services Center for its grand opening event in March of 2015.

NNU Veteran Mural

Ben now specializes in realistic oil paintings of landscapes, animals and people. His paintings give attention to detail while emphasizing color and light. Using bold crisp colors, Ben can express the splendor of a magnificent landscape or create a mood through a muted palette of color. Large raw brushstrokes alongside intricate dotted water droplets create striking dynamics in his waterfall paintings. Ben creates refined, ambient beauty with delicate brushstrokes that reveal the velvety fur on an animal or the individual feathers on a bird.

 

Ben holding his painting of the Monroe Street Bridge.

 

Ben builds and finishes his custom floating frames by hand. His frames brilliantly showcase the beauty of his oil paintings and the dimensionality of his hand-stretched canvases. The custom frames complement traditional and contemporary settings. The frames are clean-cut and elegant. Ben’s original oil paintings and custom floating frames breathe life into every space they occupy.

 

Ben's framed American Buffalo.

 

Graduating with a BA in Studio Art from Northwest Nazarene University in 2016, Ben Atkin is now a full-time professional artist launching his career in the Northwest this summer. Ben’s paintings are also selling through his website and through social media. He is currently living in East Wenatchee, Washington.