About Alix

I am an artist and illustrator.  As a child, I loved to draw pictures and makeup stories. My dream ever since I was a child was to write and illustrate children’s picture books.

I grew up on a nut ranch in California, almonds and walnuts and a nutty family. I was one of four girls, so my dad put us to work in the orchards driving tractor and any other job he could find.

As a kid I would play in the orchards, we had lots of animals and barns to explore, fueling my imagination and storytelling.

I graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a BFA in Applied Art and Design. Over the next five years I held design positions in Monterey and San Francisco for Sunset Magazine, Chronicle Books and Digital Research among others.

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After a 17-year career in technology I returned to my art.

I took a class in Illustrating Children’s Books renewing my childhood dream of writing and illustrating children’s picture books. I discovered SCBWI and the community of fellow illustrators and writers in the Pacific Northwest.

Today, I live and work in the lakeside community of Kirkland near Seattle Washington with my husband, two hens; Amber and Sunny and two cats; Ollie and Pugno. When I’m not working on an illustration, I am journaling, basket weaving, boating, hiking and paddle boarding in the Pacific Northwest.

I create my illustrations with a combination of collage, watercolor , pen and ink and Procreate.  I enjoy bold illustrations and bright colors.

You can check out my portfolio here

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