Over the past several years Aleya Lehmann Bench's  creative practice has transitioned from painting to photography with her formal training as a painter informing her work in important ways. In 2012, Lehmann Bench embarked on a project to explore figurative imagery and narrative. At first, the work was a series of “short stories,” but more recently, color and composition have come to the fore, and her work has become almost entirely abstract. She is now, in many ways, painting with her camera.