The CCWS June 25, 2019 Meeting Starts with Social Time at 6:30 pm and with Harwood (Woody) Benson's Demonstration at 7:00 pm.

Benton attributes his initial exposure to fine art to his mother, who ushered him through museums & galleries across post-World War II Europe. As a child, Benton included drawing among his pursuits. During his early twenties, his creativity turned to acting, and he became a member of a Shakespearian company that traversed the United States.  In between shows, Benton continued to draw, expanding his skills in the fine arts by turning to watercolor painting.

The Central Coast Watercolor Society (CCWS) was founded in 1976 for the purpose of furthering interest and appreciation in the watercolor medium.  It is an independent group of artists, collectors, teachers, students and anyone interested in watercolor and water media.  We are located on the beautiful central coast of California in San Luis Obispo County.  CCWS holds a general meeting each month in the Wesley Building at the United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks Street, San Luis Obispo. All meetings are free and open to the public and routinely host guest artists, demonstrations, and lectures suitable for all levels.

Benton currently teaches watercolor classes in various locations throughout San Luis Obispo County, where he resides with his wife of thirty-one years.
The artist paints exclusively with Winsor & Newton watercolor pigment on 300 lb. full-rag Arches watercolor paper. This choice of materials assures the collector of the longevity of the original image over time. Mr. Benton offers only original works, rather than reproductions, to ensure that the full value of each unique piece is realized by the collector, over time.

The Central Coast Watercolor Society

As an artist, Benton takes pride in the fact that he is self-taught, although he has been inspired by John Singer Sargent and Joseph Turner, among others.  His eclectic selection of subject matter bespeaks his continued interest in the diversity and shared humanity of multiple cultures.

​Benton’s paintings are often based upon his own travels, and his work can be found in galleries throughout California and the Hawaiian Islands, as well as in private collections throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

Paintings are copyrighted by the artist.

Prospective members are encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact Jerry Smith by email at []