Elly Brinkerhoff grew up in San Diego and spent the majority of her childhood playing on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. As a child, she surrounded herself with stories and puzzles and was deeply inspired by children's book illustrators. You could often find her outside collecting birds nests, digging up clay in the backyard, or climbing trees. If she wasn’t outdoors, she was inside drawing at the kitchen table.

Today, Elly lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and her sweet spotted pup. She is currently accepting requests for custom illustration, collaboration, and design work.