Rick Strittmater a Maryland native and holds a B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has extensive professional experience in advertising, publication, architectural and exhibit design, as well as digital and traditional illustration. His work experience includes; Strittmater/Blackpool/Christian, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and The Baltimore Zoo. He has been an instructor for fourteen years teaching graduate and under graduate level curriculum at the University of Baltimore and Anne Arundel Community College with a concentration in graphic design and illustration. Rick also works in film score development and music production, with nine published CDs. He and his wife, Lori, live in Centreville sharing space and time with two Great Pyrenees and a Parrot.