Bobbi Bennett, a CA based photographer, , is known for creating environments either in the studio or on location. Using live models, painted backgrounds, twigs, mud and various lighting techniques, she illustrates a thematic image. Her themes range from Native Americans, Angels, Superheroes, Goddess Icons and Abstract landscape.
The surfboard art is her newest work. While curating the Gallery Montecito, she needed to come up with a playful concept for a hotel install and decided to put her art on surfboards. Being an avid surfer in Southern CA, she decided to use Santa Barbara local surfboard company, Chanel Islands.
She applied “ Sexy Palm” photograph on a vintage Channel Island surfboard, using a technique she developed with resin on her other work. The photograph is vacuum mounted, then coated with resin, and torched to give a glass-like appearance. After creating the first surfboard, she put it in the gallery and sold it to a major art collector.
Bennett decided to make more “Art boards” with a variety of themes. The boards have become so popular; she started a company called “ Stoked” and will have her new line completed by the end of the year. Celebrities, such as Bruce Johnson from the Beach Boys have commissioned her to do her unique style of Art Boards.
Bennett’s imagery is widely collected internationally and has won multiple awards. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Beverly West Residencies Beverly Hills CA, and the Four Seasons in Maui, HI.
Bennett was one of the winners of the prestigious International “ Exposure “ Award. Her photograph “ Fallen Angels” was part of the winner’s collection at the Louvre, Paris.
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