Gary Benfield was born December 6th, 1965 in Birmingham. He studied art at Stourbridge College of Art and at Wrexham College of Art. In 1986 Benfield became a professional freelance illustrator. Benfield has a natural talent for depicting things as seen. His work is spontaneous and is reflected by his drawn lines and dashes of color. The figures dissolve in and out of their backgrounds and move across the paper. He paints rapidly and discards most of his paintings and drawings, keeping only those he feels are perfected in their conception rather than overwork those that he feels are not correct.