Ally Benbrook spent her childhood outdoors riding horses, playing with dogs, and hiking; she never once picked up a paintbrush. Adulthood was spent running her family business, raising a daughter, and competing in equine events; again, no paintbrush in sight. Although her mother, grandmother, and aunts were very accomplished artists, Ally never felt the urge to paint until well past her fiftieth birthday.
An artist’s life is all about exploring new ways of expressing thoughts and emotions.
The “paint what you love” philosophy for Ally has resulted in a multitude of animal-related pieces, and now has evolved into her Last Connection series. These paintings depict the incredible devotion that dogs offer to their homeless owners. Most of these people have lost the ability to connect with other human beings, and their dogs give them the emotional connection that all humans need.
Ally says: In all my research into this subject, I have never seen a mistreated dog. Instead I’ve seen people who will feed their dogs first, while they themselves go hungry. In many cases, and for many reasons, their dog is the only source of love and acceptance. 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.