Illustrator Missi Brenneman Allen (Walk In Art Studio 314) is a 7th generation native of Schuylkill County. She began painting in oils at the age of 6. Her parents made her give up her dream of becoming an astronaut, telling her she was too good at this art thing to be a space cadet. She begrudgingly wiped away the dreams of flying airplanes into hurricanes and becoming a weather geek on the International Space Station to concentrate on art. Missi went to some really great schools since then. At the age of 7 she studied painting and sculpture in Allentown, studied with a portrait painter from the age of 11 until she was 17, and apprenticed for a sculptor for 3 years during college. Missi attended schools in Philadelphia and Paris ultimately earning her BFA in Illustration & Graphic Design from PA College of Art & Design in Lancaster, PA. She has been a full time self employed and a NOT starving artist since 1996. Missi is also a professional face & body painter, caricature artist and live event painter.