Carmel Benson was born in Wexford. In 1972 she graduated from University College Dublin with a B.A. and H. Dip. Ed. In 1982 she graduated from Dún Laoghaire College of Art and Design, majoring in painting and printmaking. She joined the Graphic Studio Dublin where she later became a director. She was a lecturer in print at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology from 1985 – 1999 when she resigned and moved to Co. Wicklow where she now lives and works as a full time artist.