Combining her lifelong interest in the occult and her fascination with the power of animals, Cory Benhatzel has created the realm of ghostly creatures that she's wanted to see since she was a child.  This occult animal kingdom is inspired by magic, witchcraft and nature itself.  


In addition to personal and occult symbolism, Cory employs Floriography, the Victorian- era form of communication also called The Language of Flowers within each piece.  By this code, every flower has a specific meaning which lends itself to the imagery.


Born in Amherst, New York, Cory Louise Benhatzel always aspired to be a lifelong artist.  Her desire led her to Los Angeles where she earned her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, and from there began exhibiting her work in galleries worldwide.  In addition to her core practices of painting and drawing, she has also over the years tried her hand at tattooing, jewelry making, screen printing and live band photography.  Cory's interest in fashion recently led her to create "Häxa" (Swedish for "Witch"); a line of wearable art, including apparel and pins.  


Cory currently resides in her hometown with her husband, Justin, ten rescue cats and one rescue husky.  She is vegan, enjoys walks in the forest, horror movies, metal and beer.

Cory vending at Witches Night Out, Brooklyn, 2017.  Photo by Robert Scheuerman

© 2007-2020 by Cory Benhatzel. All images copyright Cory Benhatzel

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