John Bennett was designated Texas State Artist 2010
by the 81st Texas Legislature.
He began figural sculpting in 1976,
and continued to develop his God-given talent as an artist,
exibiting with honors in juried art shows, museums, and galleries.
"I am deeply attracted to the beauty of people
and their performance in life.
I see romance in line and strength, balance and movement,
and that's what I pursue in my work.
I strive for essentials, but enhance emotion,
and hope the finished piece can project its own soul,
beyond just an image frozen in space and time."
“...acclaimed for his sculptures of women,
John has created works depicting women from
all walks of life, from Old West legend Annie Oakley
to 98-year-old Alice Reeves, a former
schoolteacher and granddaughter of a slave;
one of his pieces was selected by
the Women’s Museum for display
at the White House in 1999”
- Joint resolution by the 81st Texas Legislature, 2009