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The painting that inspired the book...

This painting, Fish Breathe, was created after a very humorous day at the beach with my boys. We watched a pair of seagulls as they tried to steal our food. Their distinct personalities were captured when I snapped a photo of them. He looked so mad, and she was so annoyed with him. It just cracked me up. I had to go home and paint them!

I loved the painting and thought that these entertaining birds would make fantastic characters in a children's book.

Soon after, Benny and the Beach became the idea for my first book.

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