A member of SCBWI since 2014, I enjoy creating stories and pictures that encourage mindfulness and joy. Sometimes the story creates the pictures, and other times a picture inspires the story. It’s fun to see how the characters and story develop beyond what's originally imagined. Intimate with the creative process, I also love making quick illustrations and musings to promote creativity, which I share on my blog

Working as an art product development chemist for 25+ years, I learned to draw and paint while testing thousands of exploratory formulas. Of my many children's art material inventions, I once concocted drawing markers that erased with a rubber eraser off paper; crayons that could bounce; and modeling dough that could stretch all the way across a room. Though creating mostly in the lab and holding 7 patents with others pending, some of my proudest accomplishments were having my artwork used on select Crayola and Big Yellow Box packages. Mostly a self-taught artist, I've also studied drawing with Sean Delonas, watercolors with Ann Lindsay and Dana Van Horn, and illustration with Chuck Vlasics and Sean Delonas.
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Teaching and practicing yoga and mindfulness are what nourish my creative spirit and inspire my art and writing. Besides illustrating, writing, and teaching, I also enjoy spending time with family, friends, the beach, nature, and playing the sax. 

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Andree Santini 

Illustrating, writing, teaching