My name is Eloise Pillarella, and I’m a graduate of SUNY New Paltz. I have a degree in childhood education with a concentration in biology. I absolutely love visual art, and I presented an art show featuring artwork inspired by patterns and forms in nature for my senior thesis project. I enjoy sketching animal bones, flowers, and other natural objects from observation. I use a wide variety of art materials, but my preferred media is ink pen and prismacolor markers. One artist who has greatly influenced my work is Georgia O’keeffe. I love the way her paintings capture the beauty of the Southwestern United States desert landscape. I am also passionate about teaching, and I’ve had experience teaching children ages 4 – 12 years old through my fieldwork, student teaching, and multiple volunteer experiences. I enjoy traveling and exploring different natural landscapes. This summer, I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit Ireland and Scotland with my family. I’m currently taking classes to obtain my master’s degree in Special Education at the College of Staten Island. I look forward to working as a Special Education teacher in the future, and continuing to help all children discover the joy of creativity, art, and learning.