On July 20, 2012, after two years, I received a Masters of Fine Art in Illustration from the University of Hartford. My thesis project is a historical novella titled The Boy Who Drew Soldiers. Set primarily in the British sector of the Western Front in WWI France, it's a coming-of-age story tailored for the middle-school reader. Students in the 8-12 year old age group are cognitively working their way through a stage pioneering French educational psychologist Jean Piaget called "concrete operations." During this developmental period we start to develop empathy. The underlying theme of The Boy Who Drew Soldiers, is empathy.