Southington resident Katie Kopcha, who created the artwork on this week's cover, recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of fine arts in illustration. She has always loved drawing animals and wants to share her imagination with the world for illustration. She was inspired by the beautiful art of the Renaissance when she spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. She continues to create art, which can be seen on her website www.katiekopcha.com. Frogs are her favorite! Kopcha wrote a book called "Leaping Through the Year," about a little frog who goes through every month with a poem.