Fine Art Gallery, Working Studio, and Art Instruction in Birmingham, Alabama
Scott Bennett Sculpture
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Dori DeCamillis Art
Dori DeCamillis Art
My paintings are self-portraits depicting my own mind-states. Each piece is a character in a private mythology designed to personify my ever-changing thought patterns, habits, and perspectives. These individual pieces of my personality are painted as they come up in my life in an attempt to be more honest with myself and shed an introspective light on my foibles, aspirations, and secrets. By doing so in the public arena I lessen the power these thoughts have over me and reveal human attributes that notionally relate to everyone.
In many cultures and religions around the world, animals have been used to represent ideas, deities and demons, and human traits—a wide range of inanimate phenomenon. Taking cues from these traditions, I came up with characters for the story of my own consciousness. I am currently writing a book about the process of painting this series.
All paintings are oil on board at 16" x 20" and titles are taken from the sonnets of Shakespeare. All unsold paintings are currently for sale at $2000 each.
I was first introduced to the modern daylily in the early 90’s while gardening for Handy Hatfield in Ohio. I quickly became intrigued with the forms and colors being developed by hybridizers, and even more fascinated by the idea that one could combine two different flowers and make new flowers that were completely new and different.
I immediately began hybridizing at Handy’s. He had a wealth of subjects, but had no interest in making new ones. I remember my first blooms from Atlanta Superstar with Grand Palais. In fact, these initial seedlings can still be found today in the bloodlines of my program. Handy introduced me to Curt Hanson and Crintonic Gardens. Curt and I became good friends, and he quickly became and remains the strongest influence of my hybridizing efforts. I had an acre of property in Columbus, Ohio and by the mid 90’s was growing about 5000 seedlings at a time, and by the new millennium was positioned to begin naming and registering the crème of my crops.
All along this time however, I was (and still do) pursuing my first love of making art (this website can explain that other endeavor further), and was reluctant to start another artistic business venture, so I just continued to hybridize with the attitude that if it were to happen, it would happen. In 2002 I met a woman (who eventually became my wife) at an art festival in St. Louis. She lived in Birmingham, Alabama and we began a long distance relationship for two years until we both agreed it was time for me to move to Birmingham. I was in a position to do so, and frankly, was ready for a change of scenery.
At this time I felt my hybridizing might be over, or at least on hold for a while, so in 2003 I purged my program down to about 150 seedlings and moved them to a friends farm in Ohio just incase I was in a position to re-visit hybridizing down the road. When I first moved to Birmingham I lived in an apartment and we started up Red Dot Gallery, an art gallery and teaching studio here in Birmingham. Daylilys were still in my head, but at that time they were filed in the back. I generally kept up with the trends of other hybridizers, and even had a cultivar named after me (thanks to David and Mort), but my focus was on other endeavors, until 2005 when we began discussing the possibility of buying a home.
Well, that summer (2005) we found a nice ranch house on a half-acre just outside of the city, so the daylily wheels started turning again. I suddenly realized that I was now living in zone 7b not 5, and the possibility of blooming daylilys in one year instead of two was just too enticing, so in 2006 I retrieved my seedlings from Ohio, immediately planted them, got bloom, and made about 1000 seed. I didn’t get them lined out until February of 2007, so the one-year bloom idea didn’t happen this year, but it was great to re-visit old friends, and you can’t beat the long growing season and substantial re-bloom here.
The 2006 seedlings (2008 bloom) begin to reflect this reunion of sorts. I have since then been rebuilding my collection and re-broadening my gene pool. The next two years will hopefully reflect these efforts in my program.
Since the last post on my bio the 2007 and 2008 seedlings have bloomed, and I'm not disappointed. Despite the relatively small number of seed I make, the evolution of all my intros, and selected seedlings inspires me to move forward with my program. Recent acquisitions of new cultivars have been mixing up the gene pool nicely, expanding the paths I have taken. You can see the results on my flickr site.
Scott's Daylily Hybridizing Program
Daylilies are presented below in order of introduction, starting with the most recent.
This flower has become one of the primary influences of my program.
Named after the nickname of a small wealthy villige in Birmingham.
Mike Derrow aptly describes Tiny Kingdom as; A small flower with a big face.
$60 SF $70 DF
2009 INTRODUCTION BELOW
SHOT IN THE DARK
(Bennett, S. 2008)
(Prince Redbird X Bela Lugosi) X [When Fortune Smiles X (Nite Deposit X (Velvet Underground X Capearnum Sin)], TET., Sev., EMRe, 35 ", 4.75" flower, 5-6 way branching, 35-40 buds.
I won't call this a purple, but rather a dark plum-red. I feel this flower successfully incorporates the TET. Grand Masterpiece lines of Curt Hanson's with Elizabeth Salter's small TET program. Extremely fertile both ways.
$55 SF $70 DF
2008 INTRODUCTIONS BELO
CHEESEBALLS IN COWTOWN
(Bennett, S. 2007)
(Guineveres Gift X Chestnut Mountain), TET., Sev., EMRe, 28", 4" flower, 4 way branching, 30 buds. This bright "Cheeseball" Orange self is possibly the most consistent daylily I've bloomed to date. The plant and flower are well proportioned, and it quickly forms a nice clump. Fertile both ways.
(Bennett, S. 2007)
(Devonshire Duchess X Seminole Wind), TET., Sev., M, 30", 4.5" flower, 5 way branching, 30 buds. Named for my mother Helen Luzerna Bennett who I credit for the softer side of my personality. While Helen is a soft Melon Pink, she boasts a large yellow watermark on robust, well branched scapes making a strong statement in the garden. Fertile both ways.
(Bennett, S. 2007)
(Anastasia X Bela Lugosi), TET., Dor., M, 36", 6" flower, 5 way branching, 30 buds. This Salmon Rose flower has an unusual form and wide spaced branching. The legendary bloodlines speak for themselves, and while it is pod sterile, the offspring from this cultivar are showing great promise in both form and color. Pollen fertile.
$25 SF, $30 DF
(Bennett, S. 2007)
(Shadow Passage X Unity Consciousness), TET., Sev., M, 28", 5" flower, 5 way branching, 25 buds. A Smokey Red Violet with a Grayish Slate Watermark. Named after my father Harold Thomas Bennett, this flower with it's unique color combination pays tribute to the person I credit most for my creative side. Fertile both ways.
$40 SF $50 DF
Scott Bennett Pottery
Until recently my vessels were more often than not made as a means to explore glaze combinations for future sculpture or student demonstrations and tests. However in this recent series I have been exploring vessel forms and glaze more seriously, attempting to make them compliment each other. Combining my glaze surfaces with soft, bulbous, undulating forms resulting in this wonderful body of one of a kind pieces that are candy to the eye and touch.
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