Mary P. Geary of Cromwell is a graduate of Paier School of Art in Hamden. A freelance illustrator, her work is included in the National Archives in Washington D.C., where her portrait of President Jimmy Carter hangs. She is a fine artist and teacher. Her work can also be seen in Middletown at Ursel's Web Frame Shop and Gallery, Tapestry Rose in Rocky Hill and www.PaletteOfAngels.com. The image on the cover is titled "Companion."