Lars was a country kid born in the big city of New York. Regular outings to the Brooklyn Aquarium, the Bronx Zoo and the American Museum of Natural History kick-started a lifelong interest in all aspects of the natural world. Like many people who have walked through those halls, he was ever after afflicted with an insatiable obsession for the living things that share our planet now or moved across its surface long ago. This interest quickly expanded to include things that never lived...but...if things had happened just a little differently...might. Lars went to the School of Visual Arts in New York and graduated to pursue a freelance illustration career. When the opportunity came up, he couldn't resist the lure of a job in the Zoo field, where he worked designing and building exhibits. Eventually, he started a graphics department at the Zoo and became the Art Director. He still enjoyed exhibit design, but ditched the concrete in favor of photography, casting and mold-making, and designing interpretive graphics. Lars currently lives near Providence, Rhode Island, continue to work as an illustrator, and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Free time is often spent walking the beaches at low tide to see what the sea has decided to heave up on land and enjoying life with his very patient wife, various pets, itinerant wildlife, and an ever-hungry colony of flesh eating beetles.