I'm an artist based in Southern California, working in a variety of drawing and painting media such as color pencil, graphite, acrylic and oils. I grew up in Ontario, CA and trained in the Chaffey College Drawing/Painting program. In 2012, I got my BFA degree from Cal State Fullerton where I studied Illustration and Graphic Design.
My drawings and paintings have been exhibited locally at the Ontario Museum of History and Art, the Chaffey Community Museum of Art (CCMA), and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art in Rancho Cucamonga. Prominent works include public art for my beloved hometown - a mural for the Town Square band shell, and bench murals at the Conservation Park in Ontario, CA.
In 2015, I had the fantastic opportunity to complete a documentary portrait project titled Faces of the Community, which engaged the local community. The portraits were exhibited at CCMA and then at the Ontario Museum of History and Art in 2016 in conjunction with the 125th Anniversary of the City. On November 2, 2016, I was honored as an Alumni of the Year by Chaffey College for my arts and community service in Ontario.
I ran Andrea Benitez Art, my self-employment art and design business from 2012-2018. After getting married, I closed up shop to start a new business with my photographer husband, Tom & Andrea Arts. Together we've combined all our individual skills and experience to help small businesses. We offer services and products in photography, photo editing and retouching, custom art, graphic design, marketing and branding. You can see our full portfolio and learn more at our new website tomandreaarts.com. This site is dedicated primarily to my fine art.
I enjoy finding inspiration by taking vacations (I prefer the greater outdoors), reading blogs, articles and books (business, entrepreneur and personal finance are my current obsession), cooking and eating delicious foods. I currently live and work in Upland, California with my husband and best friend Tom, and my studio mate, Mr. Gold (and in case you're wondering: yes, I am a crazy cat lady!)