Feb. 17, 1924 – Oct. 6, 2013
Artist Ramona Batsford Bendin painted for almost 60 years. Throughout most of her career, she worked primarily in oil, and is well known for her seascapes and marshland scenes of the East Coast — particularly the Carolinas where she resided from 1989 to her death in 2013.
Bendin was the daughter of cartoonist Ben Batsford who inked the 1920s comic strip, Little Annie Rooney. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and later studies at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League in New York City.
She continued to explore concepts with other artists including the late George Gach, David Leffel, Joe Hing Lowe, Ferdinand Petrie and plein air painter Perry Austin.
The artist was a lifetime member of the American Artist Professional League and was also elected to New York’s prestigious Hudson Valley Art Association. In North Carolina she was associated with the Brunswick Arts Council, Wilmington Art Association, Waterway Art Association and the Associated Artists of Southport. Her peers awarded her many honors, including several Awards of Excellence and Best in Show honors.
Ramona’s daughters own many of her paintings and have made several available through the gallery.