Paula Conners parents are gifted professional musicians, so her love for music and songwriting seemed natural. It was a delightful surprise as a young adult, however, to discover that she could draw. With no formal training, she has been a commissioned portrait artist for more than twenty-five years, although this is her first published work as an illustrator. Her medium of choice is charcoal because it allows her to capture light and shadow dramatically, bringing a three-dimensional, life-like quality to her work. To capture a poignant expression, a fleeting display of emotion in the eyes, is what excites her. A mother of four and a devoted wife, her greatest love will always be her family; but her art is unquestionably another.