Maria Montag is an artist and illustrator born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. From the time she was 5 years old, Maria has been expressing herself through art and dance. After graduating from Miami University with a B.F.A. in Studio Art, Maria moved to New Zealand in search of adventure, travel and new experiences. She found exactly that, as well as a new sense of self. Upon returning to Cincinnati, Maria had the delightful opportunity to help open and manage The Honey Bee Children’s Bookstore in Madeira. Being surrounded by colorful pages and characters each day helped inspire Maria to create her own illustrations. She began working as an Executive Assistant for the Joseph Auto Group in 2013 and has continued to pursue her art in her spare time. Maria has illustrated three board books through Blue Manatee Press. You can find her work in various private, local collections. When Maria is not sketching, painting or crafting, you can find her playing outside with her son and husband.