Newspaper staff artists are the unsung heroes of illustration, usually in the shadows until they move to another position. Clay Bennett was a staff artist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Fayetteville (NC) Times before moving to The St. Petersburgh Times as an editorial cartoonist.
He was fired from The St. Petersburgh Times (I always have an interest in cartoonists who can piss off their papers enough to be fired) and now does Pulitzer Prize winning work for The Christian Science Monitor. His polished color renderings often convey complex ideas in elegantly simple images.
Bennett is married to portrait artist Cindy Procious.