A native of Key West, Florida, Steve Bennett graduated from Averett University in 1979. He continued his studies in the post-graduate programs of Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University. He currently resides in Richmond, Virginia, where he shares a woodland studio of his own design and construction with his stained-glass artist wife, Mary Lu. Working primarily with oil sticks, Bennett has received numerous awards for his fine art and commercial illustration. His list of corporate and private clients include Bon Secours Hospitals, General Motors, Philip Morris USA, Anheuser Busch, U.S. Coast Guard, Millennium Studios, Luck Stone Corporation, Goodmark Foods, Clear Channel Communications, Prisma Sports and Media, Virginia Commonwealth University, Mr. Bruce Hornsby, and Mr. Kyle Petty.