I have drawn for as long as I can remember. As a child I won several prizes for my drawing, including a trip to see the Lord Mayor of my home town and a meeting with one of the U.K.’s most popular (with ladies over fifty) music stars, Sir Cliff Richard. And on one occasion I won a competition in a shopping mall to meet Miss Yorkshire Television where one lady bystander seemed truly amazed that I could produce such wonderful drawings with my left hand.
Despite being left-handed I went on to study Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and after graduating spent the next three years working as an apprentice stonemason high up on Nottingham’s historic buildings
After a few years chipping away at stone, I met my husband and moved to America, where I picked up the pencils and brushes again and began painting funny animal pictures for Two Bad Mice Publishers to make into greetings cards. It was then I realized I should be illustrating books for children.
I was lucky enough to illustrate my first book for Candlewick. What Color Is Caesar?, written by Maxine Kumin, is about a loveable dog named Caesar. This is great for me as one of my favorite things to draw are dogs. My other favorite things to draw are cats, which led me straight onto my next picture book for Candlewick—Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root.
Three Things You Might Not Know About Alison:
1. Alison recently moved back to England and now lives in Sheffield, on the edge of the beautiful Peak District with her husband and little boy.
2. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, reading, and falling asleep during really good films.
3. She once went to the real Sheriff of Nottingham’s wedding.