Baker Vail grew up wanting to escape New Jersey from an early age. Her first escape was to Manhattan. After graduating with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, she worked as a professional photographer for many international magazines and advertising agencies. Over the years there have been many wonderful forays to foreign lands. Currently, she lives in Rowayton, Connecticut and works as a map illustrator. Her work can be seen at smallworldmaps.com. To quote Baker, "Making maps is a dream job. It's like I get to travel somewhere new every day."