Professionalism, Vision, Talent
The Diversity of Gracia Bennish
An innovative designer, skilled marketing and public relations specialist, energetic public speaker, professional photojournalist, acclaimed painter of endangered wildlife, community activist and human rights champion.
MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS
Accomplished Marketing, Branding and Public Relations Specialist, of 25 years, Gracia’s track record demonstrates creative deliverables with an abundance of campaigns reaching millions of targeted public.
Results driven distinguishes her career, creating vision, identifying opportunities and developing high quality products and services and delivering strong revenues for positive ROI, to businesses, governments and nonprofits.
“Successful branding differentiates you from competitive clutter and provides distinction and originality.”
At home in any cultural environment, Gracia thrives on discovering the universal truths she views through the camera and capturing life in motion. Be it worn-torn Baghdad where animals lay dying, Haiti’s earthquake, or the spiritual remnants of temples in Bagan, Myanmar, she captures her story quickly and professionally. Inspired by her friend, South African Lawrence Anthony, founder of the Earth Organization, for his work in saving lives of the animals at the Baghdad Zoo, Gracia traveled to Baghdad by herself to document his work, which also included brave individuals of Baghdad and equally those in the US military.
PAINTER OF ENDANGERED SPECIES
Recognized as a world class painter of endangered animals, especially parrots, Gracia is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Birds in Art. Her work has been published, exhibited in galleries, museums, private collections and featured in the book, A Compendium of Endangered Parrots of the World, found in public and private libraries.
Quality prints from her paintings have raised funds for such causes as the Florida panther for Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa and the manatee for the MOTE Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. Select paintings of endangered animals were featured in a national billboard campaign, “Some Things Can’t be Duplicated”.
Realizing the plight of the illiterate child, and the damage it creates for a lifetime, Gracia felt she could do something about it by way of an artistic expression and bring light to this vital issue. Fueled with inspiration, she created a musical comedy, “Little Red and the Misunderstood Word,” based on the barriers to study and the necessary use of the dictionary in learning, which was discovered by educator L. Ron Hubbard. Dramatizing it with known characters all children recognize, the all volunteer troupe of 12 played to many thousands of children throughout Florida and other southern states, including a special performance to then Governor Jeb Bush.The troupe performed for over 7 years to delighted audiences.
HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE
In 2008 Gracia read for the first time the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its 30 articles depicting human rights for all people of all nations, thus universal. This landmark document on human rights was conceived at United Nations in 1948 by men and women of good will, who recognized that human rights were on the brink of extinction. As President of United for Human Rights, on a volunteer basis, Gracia promotes, disseminates and educates children, adults, teachers, business leaders and government officials on their human rights and works at creating an awareness of what human rights are and how these rights apply to the individual, their family, community and nation.
“Education is the key to positive change.”
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
- The Country of Colombia’s
Human Rights Award
- Birds in Art Award
- President Obama’s Gold
- Girl Scouts of America
- Women in Art Award