COLUMBIA — It was 1970, and a young Robert Benson sat painting outdoors alongside his mentor and national watercolorist, Keith Crown, taking in the wide-open Illinois landscape. Benson, who thought of Crown as a father figure because his own father was not interested in art, vividly recalled a conversation from that day almost 40 years ago:
Keith Crown, a watercolorist, has focused his work on abstract landscapes and a strong use of color
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