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.