Laura Barberia Diamond earned her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design, Phila., Pa., and her NJ Art Education teaching certification from Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.  She is an active member of the New Jersey chapter of the international organization The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.  She enjoys teaching private and group art lessons, hosting paint parties for all ages, creating murals, painting on canvas, faux finishing on walls and furniture, trompe l'loeil in homes and businesses, and-her favorite-writing and illustrating personalized books for special occasions such as graduations, weddings, and birthdays.