Steven James Petruccio always wanted to be an artist. He was self-taught until, with a recommendation from Burne Hogarth, he attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC. After graduating, he began illustrating stories for magazines and books. He has illustrated over sixty books and won awards including Parent's Choice Awards, the Ben Franklin Award and a School Library Journal Selection. His book, Seashore Surprises was featured on the Reading Rainbow TV series.
Mr. Petruccio visits many schools and institutions to teach people about art and illustration. His work was included in the exhibit, "Hudson Valley Illustrators: The Pictures Behind The Stories". He is also an adjunct professor in the Studio Arts Division at Marist College and active in the fine arts community in the Hudson Valley.