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Priscilla Hillman
Artist Priscilla Hillman grew up in New England with her twin sister Greta, brother Rick, and their parents. It was during her childhood that she discovered her love and talent for drawing. Along with her sister, she would spend many hours drawing and painting at the kitchen table, while her mother baked. However, it was many years later before her artistic talents would become her primary focus.

Priscilla was a student at the University of Rhode Island, where she majored in botany. It was at the University that she met her husband, Norman. After graduating, Priscilla joined the U.S. Oceanographic service, where she served as a marine biologist, but she knew that art was her first love.

After the birth of her son, Glenn, in 1969, Priscilla realized the opportunity to use her creative talents and went to work as a book illustrator. Her illustrative work can be seen in the Merry Mouse series of books, first published by Doubleday in 1980.

In 1980, Priscilla was forced to spend months lying flat on her back as the result of a serious back problem. It was during this prolonged period of inactivity that Priscilla began to form her visions of teddy bears that eventually became the inspiration for the Cherished Teddies range. Lying there, reminiscing over her happy childhood memories of rooting through her Aunt?s attic, spending afternoons in the family garden or sitting around the kitchen table, Priscilla used these nostalgic thoughts as the inspiration for her future Cherished Teddies artwork.

As soon as she was able, Priscilla rushed to her drawing board and let the teddy bear images flow from her. She very quickly had 36 drawings. Having been aware of the collectible market, Priscilla took her pictures to the Enesco Corporation. Her artwork was instantly recognized for its special qualities and a partnership was formed.

As well as the Cherished Teddies collection, Priscilla is also responsible for design on other Enesco brands, including the Calico Kittens, My Blushing Bunnies and Mouse Tails collections.

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