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 Ramona Batsford Bendin  (1924 - 2013)

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Lived/Active: North Carolina / Canada      Known for: seascape, marshland and hunting genre

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Following is the obituary of the artist.

Ramona Batsford Bendin, 89, of Carolina Shores, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the SECU Hospice in Bolivia, surrounded by loving family and friends in the care of Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Ramona was born in Winnipeg, Canada, on Feb. 17, 1924, and was the daughter of the late Ben and Stella Batsford. Her father was a cartoonist whose best-known strips were Edgar Bergen's Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, and Little Annie Rooney.

She was raised in Stewart Manor and Floral Park, Long Island, N.Y. Following in her father's footsteps, Ramona studied commercial art and received a scholarship at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. When World War II began, she switched to night classes, studying fashion design and figure drawing. She worked days at Grumman Aircraft along with her father and sister. In 1946, Ramona married her husband, Dick, also from Floral Park. Soon she was a full-time mother and it seemed her career in art might slip away.

However, one day, her loving husband - always a great supporter of her talent - presented her with a shoe box full of oil paints and said, "Go paint," which she did. Ramona would go on to be elected to the prestigious Hudson Valley Art Association and the American Artists Professional League, the latter as a lifetime member. Her work was regularly accepted into juried shows at New York's Salmagundi Club and others. She earned Best In Show awards from Nassau County Art League and American Pen Women, in addition to receiving the Mrs. John Newington Award from the American Pastel Society of America. A vibrant, creative artist for more than 60 years, Ramona is still well known along the eastern seaboard for her realistic seascapes, landscapes, hunt scenes and portraits.

In North Carolina, Ramona has been a member of various art groups and was a volunteer with the Brunswick Literacy Council, Head Start and other organizations. She has donated artwork to Habitat For Humanity, Hope Harbor, Relay For Life, United Cerebral Palsy of Wilmington, Children In Schools and various hospice groups.

In addition to her parents and her sister, Fay, Ramona was preceded in death by her husband, Richard "Dick" Bendin, her sister, Fay Keaton; and her son, Greg Bendin. She is survived by two daughters, Dariel Bendin of Calabash and Mona Bendin of Calabash; a son, Scott Bendin (Diana) of Glen Ridge, N.J.; and a niece, Barbara Bryant (Bill) of Myrtle Beach, S.C. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Christopher, Eric, Andrew, Ben and Nicole; two great-granddaughters, Joanna and Liza; a grand niece, Veronica; a grand nephew, Aragorn; three great-grand nieces, Aisha, Ainsley and Charlotte; and one great-grand nephew, Gabriel.

Submitted by Dariel Bendin, daughter of Ramona Bendin

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"Ramona (Batsford) Bendin, The Brunswick Beacon, www.brunswickbeacon.com, October 10, 2013


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The following is from Dariel Bendin, daughter of the artist:

Ramona Batsford Bendin is a professional artist who has been painting for over 40 years. Today, she works primarily in oil, and is well known for her seascapes and marsh land scenes of the East Coast. Once a prolific painter of hunt scenes, Ms. Bendin still works in the genre, usually by commission. A few pieces remain available as limited edition reproductions.

The artist is the daughter of cartoonist Ben Batsford who inked the 1920s comic strip, "Little Annie Rooney", as well as Edgar Bergen's pre-war "Charlie McCarthy" strips. Not surprisingly, Ms. Bendin began drawing at an early age. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and later studied at the School of Visual Arts and Art Students League in New York City.

She has continued to explore concepts with other artists including George Gach, David Leffel, Joe Hing Lowe, Ferdinand Petrie and Perry Austin, and is listed in "Who's Who In the World". In addition, she often conducts her own workshops and teaches an ongoing oil painting class at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC.

Ramona Bendin is a life-time member of the American Artist Professional League and was also elected to New York's prestigious Hudson Valley Art Association. In North Carolina she belongs to the Wilmington Art Association and the Associated Artists of Southport.

Her professional awards include the Award of Excellence, National League of American Pen Women; Honorable Mention, 4th of July National Show, Associated Artists of Southport; Mrs. John Newington Award Portraits, Hudson Valley Art Association; Best In Show, National League of American Pen Women; and, Award of Excellence, Art League of Nassau County.




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