Mary Jo Biedrzyck of Windsor Locks painted as a child with her mother, who is still active at age 97. She later earned an master's degree in art education at Central Connecticut State University. A retired educator in the Avon public schools, she works in watercolors, pencil and oils. She is an active member of the Tobacco Valley Artists Association and enjoys travel, photography and family activities, in addition to painting. The artwork on the cover is titled "Welcome Home."