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A Little About Me

I'm Anastasia, Stasia for short, a quirky digital illustrator who enjoys spreading joy through illustration.

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I have always had a love for art, telling stories, and making others smile. After receiving my bachelors degree in Graphic Design and Illustration I had a very short stint as an in house graphic designer, but found that doing graphic design full time wasn't what I really wanted to do. What I really wanted to do was to draw and tell stories. So, I quit my Graphic Design job and started doing freelance illustration. To pay the bills while I was starting out, I was also an English Language Teacher in my local school district where I had the privilege of learning from some of the most awesome kids I know while teaching them English. They taught me how to speak on a kid's level, how to see the world through a child's eye again, and how they like to learn about the world around them. They were also my biggest supporters, and for that I truly appreciate the time I had teaching and learning from them.

And then... I married the love of my life, had a baby, and finally took the leap to full time illustration! 

Through a bunch of twists and turns, I found myself working with a bunch of amazing people with dreams of publishing their stories and so I helped through my art and  graphic design. Along the way, I learned everything I needed to know about self publishing to help them navigate the sometimes tricky process. Through all this, I realized that what truly made me happy was simply spreading joy and love to others and helping them fulfill their dreams.

And, so that's where I am today! 

In the years to come, It is my dream to expand my work to traditionally published children's books and publications so that I can bring even more joy to people around the world!


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