Alison Jay was born in Hertfordshire, grew up in
Derbyshire and studied graphic design in London
where she now lives. After graduating she worked in
animation for a short time but gradually started to
get commisions in illustration, She works in Alkyd,
a quick drying oil paint on paper and sometimes adds
a crackle varnish to give the work an aged appearence.
She has worked in all areas of illustration,
including advertising, packaging, editorial and design.
Her commisions include a 48 sheet poster for BT,
a tv commercial for Kellog's corn flakes and the
packaging of a new baby range for Crabtree and Evelyn.
She has also illustrated many children's books including
"Picture This","The Race" "I Took The Moon for a Walk"
”Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Listen Listen"
She recently worked with Aardman Animation
on the development of a feature film and
is currently working on a version of "The Nutcracker".
Her book " Welcome to the Zoo" which is a wordless
visit to a cage less " Animal hotel" has been selected
as one of New York's Bank Street's 2009 best
books of the year.