Featured Art: Mediterranean Mermaids




“Mediterranean Mermaids” by Dianne Lynn Benanti, Palm Springs Branch (California); oil on canvas, 71×51; image embellished with digital art


Artist’s Statement

I am a self-taught artist. I started out with traditional portraiture, which lead to large-scale oils in contemporary form.

In January 2020, I was asked to be an art contributor to the the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences for my artwork in the tribute to Elton John at the Oscars. The portrait image and inquiry can be found in the portfolio section of my website, Benanti.com.

I am very honored to be a part of the National League of American Pen Woman. I have a page on my website dedicated to this wonderful organization.



  1. Karen Morris says:

    I really like this. It somehow has a glowing, stained-glass (underwater!) appeal, and their expressions contrast with the implied frivolity.


      So grateful for such an expressive comment, Karen Morris! 🙂

      Thank you so much for taking the time out and leaving your inspiration with me!
      All best,DB

  2. Brenda Layman says:

    Dianne, I love this. Thank you so much for sharing it. It’s terrific to have such talented members in NLAPW!

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