Traci Van Wagoner has always has a talent for creating fun, heartfelt stories, which she brings to life with her fantastical illustrations and designs for children. She earned BFAs in illustration from Utah State University and in toy design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she met her husband. Van Wagoner has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for more than two decades.
In addition to her prolific illustration career, Van Wagoner is an award-winning writer and product developer. Over the last eighteen years, her work has appeared in magazines and newsletters and on games, toys, and giftware products, and her portraits of children and pets are perpetually popular.
If she’s taking a break from painting, Van Wagoner can be found playing pool, reading books, or gardening on her roof. She resides in New York, New York, with her husband and dog and lives by the motto Live, Laugh, and Learn.