Thank you for visiting Alice Ink!
I’m Alice Ratterree, illustrator for young audiences based in Greenville, South Carolina.  I began my career in music, as a classically trained singer working in operatic, concert and oratorio venues.

So what does that have to do with children’s book illustration?

In a nutshell, I love a good story. A story that moves hearts together into a common perspective. Whether that is through music, words on paper, or a stunning visual scene, it doesn’t matter. The result is the same. Through my experiences in theatre, opera and concert performance, I have found that at the heart of it all is excitement for bringing a story to life for any audience, particularly children (which really means all of us, right?) I love directing emotion and point of view, creating the costumes, dreaming and building an environment, composing rhythm in a visual composition….the possibilities are endless.

I have two vibrant children who keep me connected to my inner child. When I’ve sufficiently gathered wisdom from them, I can be usually be found with watercolors, pencil and paper, or with my tablet in front of Photoshop, and chocolate within reach.

Please feel free to contact me and say hello!

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Alice Ratterree has been a freelance illustrator for over 15 years.  Her work has appeared in the children’s book publishing market, numerous marketing materials, and original paintings and drawings have been hung in private homes, retail and restaurant establishments, hospitals and schools, and in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol. A specialist in graphic illustration, Alice has been a designer for Great Arrow Graphics greeting cards, though which her designs have been both nominated for and received the prestigious Louie Award. Other clients have included Boston University, Clemson University, Apologia Educational Ministries and The South Carolina Children’s Theatre.
Also an accomplished classically trained singer, Alice has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Emmanuel Music (Boston’s leading presenter of Bach cantatas), Asheville Lyric Opera and Brevard Music Center, and has been awarded several honors in voice competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and the American Traditions Competition with the Savannah Music Festival.

You can keep up with Alice on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

4 Comments

  1. Jennifer Fox
    June 28, 2012

    Wow! As if I wasn’t already impressed by everything that you do. You’re awesome!

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  2. Julie McLaughlin
    February 4, 2014

    Alice,
    I so admire your work, especially your award winning entry for SCBWI.
    I have written three children`s books published by Legacy Publications in Greensboro NC
    I live in Charleston and am currently searching for an illustrator for my new book. It`s a Charleston Christmas story. Since Legacy is a small publishing com. , I can have an input in the illustrator selection.
    You sound like a very busy lady , but I would love to send you a copy of the manuscript to see if you`d be interested. The royalties at Legacy are slim, so I would consider paying for the illustrations up front.
    Congratulations on your award. I think your illustration should have received first place!
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Julie McLaughlin

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  3. Christina A Tugeau
    March 21, 2014

    Alice I love your work! old fashioned and very ‘today’ at the same time….and it moves like music!

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  4. Gail DePriest
    April 25, 2014

    I love your work – especially the Book Balloon. Really magical. I love how it is currently being featured on Main Street in downtown Greenville, SC, which is also magical. Thanks for sharing with everyone. I just did not realize you lived in Greenville.

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