Ally Benbrook


Ally Benbrook

Though San Diego artist Ally Benbrook spent her career involved with fabric design & fiber dyeing, she never actually picked up a paintbrush until well after her 50th birthday, when she signed up for a watercolor class with her 80-year-old mom. Since then she has done workshops with nationally recognized artists, and works hard to constantly improve her art. Ally’s work regularly wins awards at the prestigious San Diego Watercolor Society, and has been juried into international shows in California, Mississippi, Georgia, Minnesota, Colorado, Alabama, and Texas. Her paintings are included in private and corporate collections in the US, Canada, England, Sweden, and Germany. Ally’s work resonates with the power of the human connection to animals, nature, and our own personal histories.Her intrinsic awareness of design and color, combined with the flowing independent nature of watermedia, create the kind of art that will be enjoyed day after day. Her work is shown at Spanish Village Art Center Studio 16B in Balboa Park and she shows frequently at the San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery, and regularly exhibits at Artwalk San Diego. Of course her work can be seen on-line at, or by appointment at her studio in El Cajon.


Six years after picking up my first paintbrush, I have learned a lot, painted a lot, and studied in watercolor workshops with some very talented artists. I’ve been involved with the San Diego Watercolor Society as President and in various Board positions. The “paint what you love” philosophy has resulted in a multitude of animal-related pieces, and has now evolved into my Last Connection series which depicts the incredible devotion that dogs offer to homeless people who are no longer able to connect with others. Though these paintings may be full of conflicting emotions and painful to look at, to me they are a celebration of our canine companions at their finest. I have found my artist’s voice.


b. 1951
Lives and works in San Diego, CA

  • 2014Best in Show, Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National
  • 2014Richeson Watercolor Award, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe National Juried Exhibition, New York City
  • 2013Second Award, Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition
  • 2013Finalist, Shenzhen International Biennial
  • 2011Best of Watercolor, Del Mar Fair Fine Art Exhibition
  • 2010Second Award, Watercolor West
  • 2009Best in Show, Wildlife in Art
1770 Village Place
Studio 16B
San Diego, CA 92101
I am in the studio at Spanish Village every Friday, and various weekend days each month.