Nurtured by parents who didn’t care whether she hoisted a pool on top of the swing set, made massive tents in the living room, and taped leaves from the hosta bushes to the monkey bars in the back yard, Rayna Sassano had plenty of room to develop her love for stories and adventure. Somewhere along the way, with the encouragement of family, friends, teachers, and her stuffed childhood companion Primrose the mouse, she eventually realized that her dream was to become a children’s illustrator and author. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Hartford with a BFA in Illustration, and she hopes to spread positive messages to children through her work. Drawing round-headed kids and fantasy worlds is just one of the perks of this job.

my studio, my world



crowded desk.


Primrose and Lena Vesper are always having tea. Lena is from Lumine (my trilogy that I am working on) books and homemade Lena doll. Kanji written by me. It says: artist.


Giant paintbrush and anime buddha made by me.


mermaid painted on the wall of the Hartford Art School illustration studio.


Posted on 26, 5 2010