Growing up in Southern California, Lisa was always attracted to the arts and enjoyed reading and drawing comics. It was in high school, during the Watergate hearings, that she discovered editorial cartoons and was hooked from then on. After her youngest child started school, she began putting that talent to work and building a freelance business producing illustrations and graphic design projects. In 1992, the Victor Valley Daily press hired Lisa to create local editorial cartoons on a weekly basis. That relationship lasted over 25 years. In 2006, her work came to the attention of the Washington Post Writers Group and they began syndicating her national cartoons. Some of Benson's awards include first place honors Best of the West awards (2010) and first place California Newspaper Publishers Association (2000).