Alison Friend was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and has loved drawing and painting animals for as long as she can remember. As a child she would sit for hours obsessively drawing animals from encyclopedias!
After years painting for greetings cards published by Two Bad Mice Publishers, Alison got her first opportunity to illustrate a picture book. She has illustrated many books since for publishers including, Harper Collins, Nosy Crow, Candlewick Press, Usborne, Hodder Childrens and Templar. All featuring the kind of funny animal characters she has become well known for.
She is now primarily a painter, working in oils from her home studio in the beautiful Lake District, a place which has provided her with much inspiration.
She sells original paintings to collectors all over the world.