is an artist of many styles, mediums and accomplishments. Starting at 11, he took private painting lessons in Shreveport, Louisiana. His paintings won numerous competitions, both student and adult. At age 14, Benson won a national art contest and his winning watercolor was displayed in the front lobby of The Plaza Hotel in New York City.
As a teenager, Benson spent six summers at the Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi. There, he developed his skills in many 3D art forms: ceramics, leather crafting, batik, woodcarving, glassblowing, even cloisonné. His last summer there, he was co-head of their arts and crafts program.
Before graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Advertising, Benson was hired as an Art Director in Chicago at Advertising Age's "Agency of the Year," now known as DDB. He has also worked at many other top Chicago agencies, like JWT, Bozell, Ogilvy and Grey. His creative work has been recognized by The Clio Awards and The London International Awards.
While in Chicago, Benson opened a ceramic studio at the Lill Street Gallery. Within months, he received commissions from The Art Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art stores. His ceramics were also in retail stores on and off Michigan Avenue and in Merchandise Mart showrooms. One of his designs was also selected to debut exclusively at Barneys New York stores nationwide.
Recently, Benson returned to his Southern roots and has made NOLA his home. Inspired by his French Quarter environment, he has created a whole new mixed media Pop Art style: BENSONOLA.