William Bensen’s interest in art developed as a young child, surrounded by a family of artists. His grandfather was an artisan at the turn of the 20th Century with clients such as Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, the Posts, the Huttons, and the Vanderbilts. Grandfather Bensen’s designs graced landmarks such as Mar-A-Lago, the Biltmore Estate, and American Embassies throughout Europe. Bensen’s father sculpted iron into creative furniture forms. His uncle was a photographer and an early cinematographer who captured images of Shirley Temple and other notables.
After earning his master’s degree in history from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in television production from Brooklyn College in New York City, Bensen followed a career into the world of film and television. As an 11 time Emmy-award-winning producer, Bensen has worked with Turner Broadcasting, the Fox Family Channel, and has produced a children’s television show for NASA. While television and film created a livelihood, Bensen’s passion for oil painting became his center of creativity.
Long inspired by N.C. Wyeth, Dean Cornwell, and Joaquin Sorolla, many of Bensen’s canvases capture solitude and the play of light upon nature. Although he began his art career in Atlanta, he counts local Norfolk, VA artist Charles Kello as the man who opened his eyes.
Bensen has exhibited in juried exhibits throughout the East Coast. Having earned numerous art awards, his works are included in private collections across the United States. He is a member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society with whom he was invited to be in its National Show.