Alison Jay grew up in Derbyshire, England and studied graphic design at the London College of Printing, where she specialized in illustration. After working in animation studios, Alison began illustrating children's books. She works in quick-drying oil paint on paper and varnish and is known for her distinctive crackle finish. Alison has been influenced by everything from early Renaissance art to folk art. She finds inspiration in London street life, especially in the vibrating atmosphere of flea markets.