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It is accurate to say that I loved art from the beginning.  Picture books fascinated me at a young age.  I never actually read much, but rather spent my “reading time” pouring over all the great drawings and illustrations.  My first influences were, Bugs Bunny, Richard Scarry, Dr. Seuss, and John Tenniel…then later I discovered N C Wyeth, Carter Goodrich, Peter de Seve, Scott Gustafsson, Toni DiTerlizzi, William Joyce, Brian Froud, Allen Lee, and this is fast becoming a long list! Kids have the most amazing imaginations of us all and I find it very rewarding to give a child somewhere fantastic to visit.