Lisa Benson, a freelance artist and graphic designer who drew local cartoons for the Victor Valley (Calif.) Daily Press from 1992 to 2015, came to the attention of the Writers Group through Opinion Page Editor Steve Williams, who touted her work to a syndicate sales rep during a recent visit. The Writers Group asked Benson for samples of national interest and was “blown away” by her work.
“Steve Williams knows of what he speaks. Lisa Benson is a rare talent who can illustrate a major news story in a single drawing and convey her ideas to readers in very few words,” said Alan Shearer, former Writers Group editorial director. “Conservative describes her politically. Brilliant describes her artistically. A combination of artistic talent, moral indignation and strong point of view mesh somehow to produce some of the finest work I have ever seen from a local cartoonist.”