John Hare spent his youth in Kansas drawing comic strips about snakes, making spoof yearbooks to entertain his friends, and writing stories about a crime-fighting crocodile. At some point, he decided he better actually do something for a living, so John earned an associate’s degree in graphic design and became an art director for a sportswear company. There he mastered arched lettering with a drop shadow and screen printing press repair. He later moved to Kansas City and worked as a freelance graphic designer. One day, John picked up a brush and painted a train scene for his son's nursery. That’s when he realized he wanted nothing more than to bring stories to life. John now lives in Gladstone, Missouri, where he is fortunate to work from his home studio when he’s not corralling kids and tending to the biological needs of small animals.