In my early life I always painted. My parents let me paint huge murals on our walls and I did several murals for the community but did not think of it as a career. I went to San Francisco State University where I studied Dance, psychology and Science with a focused on the human body in movement. After three years in college I got a summer job as an actress in The Sound of Music. That lead to a few years exploring what life would be like as an actress. All the while I painted as a way to center myself and I had a few exhibitions of my paintings. By 24 I turned all of my attention to art making and moved to the art haven of Santa Fe New Mexico. It was there that my life as an artist was launched. My skills as a visual artist were honed with the help of that supportive art community. Working from my studio in Santa Fe I made paintings that were exhibited all over the US and Europe. In 1997 I moved to Seattle for 14 years. The landscape of the Pacific Nothrwest impressed called to me. Inspired by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai and his 36 views of Mount Fuji, I created 36 Views of Mount Rainier in the medium of Hokusai, wood block printing.The loss of my father to Leukemia and my mother to Alzheimer’s fundamentally changed my artistic direction. I had previously always expressed my self by making images I turned my focus to writing a book. I worked through my grief as I wrote about my creavtive, loving and artistic family.The process helped me understand how they had always supported me and my development as an artist. After the book launch in 2016 I moved to Alexandria, Virginia and became a member of Printmakers Inc at the Torpedo Factory. As fortune would have it that I have found another wonderful supportive artistic community that has embraced me as I return to print making.
Grace Bentley-Scheck was born in Troy, New York and now lives in Narragansett, Rhode Island where she maintains her studio, Sassafras Press. She holds BFA and MFA degrees from the State University of new York at Alfred University. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Ireland and Australia and has been included in many private and public collections including the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, the Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee, and the Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island. She has been a full-time printmaker since 1972.