Lynn Gaines was born and raised in Ohio and has a life-long love affair with picture making. She studied Illustration and Photography at the Cleveland Institute of Art and, after offers from both Hallmark and American Greetings, she chose to stay at home and has worked for American Greetings as an Illustrator/Designer for over 25 years. She loves to create images digitally and traditionally, specializing in kid-oriented art with a storybook feel, and also loves to draw, sew, craft, and do hand lettering. Vintage children’s books, the colors and shapes found in nature, and textiles inspire her work. In her own time, she is an illustrator-for-fun, toymaker, and avid reader. Lynn lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Mel, her mom, and 2 fur-kids, Charlie and Harry.