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When I was a senior in college, my hope was to work in animation. I always loved drawing wacky little characters and thought it would be the perfect fit. Because most film studios are in California, I assumed that's where I'd end up... California, the land of sunshine, warm ocean breezes and orange groves. As it happened, I moved to Chicago, and a husband, four birds, three kids, two cats, a puppy, a few fishes, a couple houses and cars, and an art licensing / illustration / graphic design career later, I'm still here. I never did see that orange grove in person, though, so I drew one instead!