Omar Rayyan graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. He has been illustrating professionally for nearly two decades, and his clients include Holiday House, Cricket Magazine Group, Scholastic, Wizards of the Coast, Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hyperion/Disney. He works primarily in watercolor, and he has a special affinity for animals. He has won numerous awards for his work, including to gold awards in Spectrum. He currently resides on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his wife, Sheila. They share their life with their two horses, Spot and Baltic.