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 found that my true love is creating the entire package that brings a story to life for an audience, particularly children (which really means all of us, right?) I love directing emotion and point of view, creating the costumes, building the 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 not occupied with them, I can be found with pencil and paper, or with my tablet in front of Photoshop (or editing my website these days), and always chocolate within reach. I am currently preparing for another coloring book project with Apologia Press and organizing for the SCBWI National Conference in LA this summer.
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.
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