Jenn Hales grew up in an earth-sheltered home near Apex NC. As a child she spent her time reading books and examining bumble-bees in the front yard. With no TV, she occupied herself drawing creatures from nature and her own imagination. Jenn graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Industrial Design. Before becoming a full time artist/illustrator she worked as a toy designer, a footwear designer, a design researcher, and a welder. She currently lives in Raleigh NC, where she's been working as an artist and illustrator since 2010.
"My work portrays animals and young women finding humor and strength in their situations. I try to evoke the way I saw the world as a child while tackling concepts like habitat loss, global warming, and cultural expectations."