Dawn M. Cardona is an aspiring children's book illustrator and freelance artist with an affinity for all things paper. She has been cutting out her intricate and playful illustrations entirely by hand (with a pair of scissors and glue) since 2004. She is a self-taught artist, having earned a "practical" B.S. degree in Environmental Science at The University of Texas at San Antonio, who finally gave in to her itch to make art to bring smiles to faces far and wide. Dawn now lives and works out of her home in South Carolina.