by M. Stephen Doherty
Thirty years ago, Stephen Bennett left art school and the secure upstate-New York town where generations of his family had lived and began to establish himself as a professional artist. "I was expecting the New York art world to accept me on my terms," he remembers. "Looking back, I realize I was making paintings more for myself and not for people to enjoy. Everything changed when I moved to Mexico and found a way of engaging the hospitable people who welcomed me. By giving myself the freedom to paint expressively and focusing my attention on creating pictures that would bring joy to others, a new world of possibilities opened up."
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