Annie Patterson earned her Visual Communications degree with honors from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1999. Before moving to Barrow, Alaska, she worked as a digital ink and paint artist for a leading children's CD-ROM game company. Whale Snow is her first illustrated children's book, written by Debby Dahl Edwardson. Annie is a freelance artist, working primarily in watercolor. When she isn't creating art, Annie likes to study children's books, read fiction and art books, and graphic design magazines. On long walks with her dog Heather, Annie dreams of her next vacation to Europe.