Joan Benincasa was born in New York City and has lived in North Andover for many years. She is a member of Concord Art Association and a juried member of North Shore Art Association, winning the Art Supplies Wholesale Award in 2007. She has been a member of Newburyport Art Association for many years. She was the recipient of the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank award for watercolor in 2008 and also, the H. Patterson Hale, Jr. Charitable Foundation Award for watercolor in 2013. She works in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. Still lifes and figures are her favorite subjects.