Charlie Alolkoy holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and has been a full-time artist for over twenty-five years. Since he first wandered into an artist’s studio at the age of five, he has always wanted to be an artist and is thrilled to have fulfilled that lifelong dream. He is a children’s book illustrator, textile designer, and digital relief sculptor. His art is influenced by his Native American heritage; his ancestors lived on the Channel Islands, which are depicted in the stories Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Rainbow Bridge. He resides in Arizona.