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. She has also over the years tried her hand at tattooing, screen printing and live band photography. Cory's interest in fashion recently led her to create "Häxa"; a line of wearable art, including apparel and pins.
Cory currently resides in her hometown with her husband, Justin and four rescue children; eldest daughter-cat, Moogle, she-wolf husky, Ghost, black shadowtrooper daughter-kitten, Häxa and youngest daughter-kitten, Astrid. She is vegetarian, enjoys Scandinavian culture, metal music, learning Swedish, beer, walks in the forest, wearing black, flowers, Star Wars, cooking and summoning Satan.
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