Mia Tavonatti is an artist with a variety of interests,
including a strong passion for painting and drawing. She moved from
Michigan to California to attend art school at California State
University Long Beach, where she earned her BFA and MFA in
illustration. She also has studied painting abroad, and she loves
to spend her summers painting in Greece. Mia has exhibited her work
extensively, both in Europe and throughout the United States. She
is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, and her work
can be seen on more than 45 book covers and in several magazines.
She teaches illustration and painting and the Art Institute of
Southern California in Laguna Beach. Mia is the co-author of
Oil: Still Lifes in Walter Foster''s How to Draw and Paint
Series, as well as Walter Foster''s Drawing Animals and
Oil Painting kits. She also is the author of Drawing:
Pets in Walter Foster''s How to Draw and Paint Series. Mia
lives in Costa Mesa, CA.