About the Author
Elaine Verstraete has been working as an illustrator and fine artist in the Rochester, New York area since 1988 and has built a reputation as a fine watercolorist. In addition to illustrating numerous children's books, her sensitive portraiture, rich landscapes and charming still life paintings appear in national print advertising and product labels. Having earned a BFA with honors from Syracuse University, Elaine teaches Illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Residing in Middlesex, New York, with her partner, David, Elaine also enjoys bicycling through her surrounding pastoral hills, plays tennis and is part of the contemporary folk duo, According Two Brooke and Elaine, as bassist and vocalist. She adores the company of her four Siamese cats, Koto, Shogun, Django, and Fila.