Elaine Moon Balsam has told bedtime stories to entertain homesick campers, built excitement as an English teacher in São Paulo, Brazil, and made puppets come alive as a Pre-K enrichment teacher. Animals have always been a part of her life, including guinea pigs, lovebirds, gerbils, dogs, horses, iguanas, a ball python, and a bearded dragon.
Ashlyn Mackenzie was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and moved to the United States when she was eleven years old. From early childhood, Ashlyn explored art both in school and at home. Despite never receiving formal training outside of school, her passion and dedication helped her improve. While attending high school in Maryland, Ashlyn continued to challenge herself artistically and completed AP Studio Art, receiving the Senior Art Award at graduation. Ashlyn is studying engineering at the University of Melbourne. She intends to pursue art throughout her life.