Gary Kelley was raised in a musical family, but he took after that one artistic uncle who attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Gary studied painting and design at the University of Northern Iowa, earning a BA in art, and his early career focused on graphic design and art direction until the late 1970’s, when painting and design experiences merged into a career as an illustrator. Gary has illustrated twenty picture books, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, The Necklace, Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination and Macbeth for Young Readers. As an illustrator, his awards include 27 gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York; he has also received Best-In-Show recognition in New York and Los Angeles Illustrators’ Exhibitions. In 2007, he was in inducted into the Society of Illustrators Fall of Fame.