Drawing has been Carol
Benioff's love since childhood. A native San Franciscan, she studied photography
and painting at the California College of Arts and Crafts. For thirteen years
(1967-80) she studied drawing with artist Ronald Chase in San Francisco, and she
also studied intaglio printing and copper etching privately. Most recently, she
has taken coursework in writing and publishing for children at Mills College in
Oakland, California, where she currently resides.
Ms. Benioff's illustrations
have appeared in magazines, books, software, and packaging. Her select list of
clients includes Washington Post Magazine, Scenario,
Parenting, Oxford America, The Atlantic Monthly, Time,
and Utne Reader. Prior to illustrating Preacher's Night Before
Christmas, she illustrated The Christmas Thingamajig, a picture
book published in 2002 by Dutton Children's Books.
Her work has been exhibited
at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Mission Cultural Center in San
Francisco, at colleges and galleries throughout California, as well as in Quito,
Ecuador. In 1995, she was awarded a Communications Award of Excellence for
Illustration and the James D. Phelan Award in printmaking. The following year,
in 1996, she was selected for a fellowship in printmaking at the Kala Art
Institute in Berkeley, California.
In addition to her work as
an artist, Ms. Benioff holds workshops on mixed media printmaking and digital
art and printing. In 2006, she was a featured speaker at the MacWorld conference
in San Francisco. Her ongoing experiment of combining printmaking, drawing,
painting, and digital image is evident in all of her work.