Nothing tells the story of a place as beautifully as a map. And, as Cindy Salans Rosenheim knows, nothing can bring a map to life more charmingly than illustration. I think maps are a perfect fit for Cindy’s whimsical style, her hand-lettering skills, and her sixth sense for composition and balance. With a few deft strokes and just the right splashes of color, she manages to be both informative and engagingly playful. Her maps don’t just show you the shape of a place, they actually make you want to go there. No wonder she’s been commissioned to make them for all kinds of leading magazines and publishers. Cindy particularly loves jobs that take her onsite. For the garden map in Random House’s My Italian Garden, she visited the author’s home to measure, sketch, and make notes. The elaborate Italian garden, squeezed into a small backyard, was still young and not fully grown in, giving Cindy the freedom to imagine it in full fruition. It was just the kind of job she loves: seeing, envisioning, and making beauty flower on paper. And, she tells me, the figs were fantastic.