Caitlin Heimerl was born in southern California and had a blissfully happy childhood full of adventure in the Santa Monica Mountains and the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Her family moved to St. Louis, Missouri for her middle and high school years and she soon learned to love the Midwest. As a high school student, Caitlin discovered a real love for painting. During her senior year, she illustrated a silly story about her German shepherd, Dakota, and that was it for her...she was hooked on making books. Caitlin was fortunate enough to attend Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a BFA in Illustration. Since graduating in 2010, Caitlin has had the opportunity to teach art to high school students, travel all over the US and Europe, and complete her first illustrated book, Monet Paints a Day, written by Julie Danneberg.