Maria Tonelli Smith is an artist based in the Atlanta, Georgia area. As the daughter of two artists, she caught the creative bug and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Drawing from the University of Central Florida. She began her career illustrating whimsical concepts and designing large scale holiday décor, while also creating murals and public art throughout Georgia and Florida. She has illustrated for books, such as “Princess Bubble” and “A Cup of Tea for Tiger and Me”. Maria is currently writing and illustrating her own children’s books and is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).