Stephen Shaskan holds a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. Since graduating, and moving to Minnesota, Stephen has done freelance illustrations for advertising agencies, and poster designs for local bands, theater companies/productions and area events. Stephen has also worked with children, teaching art classes through the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul Academy, and Minneapolis Public Schools. For the past nine years Stephen has worked in Early Childhood Education, and focused his art on children’s book illustrating. Stephen has been a member of SCBWI for seven years. Stephen’s first picture book A Dog is a Dog (Chronicle Books) comes out Fall 2011.