Alice Shirley

Alice Shirley was born in North London, United Kingdom, in 1984. Inspired by nature and a love of the great outdoors, Alice grew up with regular trips to the Welsh countryside to visit her grandparents. Her interest in nature remains  and has led to excursions further afield, to the tiger reserves of India, Columbia's Lost City and Vietnam's national parks. Along the way, nature has always been a driving force in her work.

Alice graduated from Byam Shaw School of Art, Central St Martins with a BA in Fine Art in 2007. The freedom of this course allowed her to experiment in different media and develop her own style. Her disciplines include drawing, painting in oils, acrylic, watercolour and ink, sculpture, printmaking and photography.

After graduating, Alice embarked on an intensive postgraduate drawing course at the Royal Drawing School. She continued teaching and mentoring for the Young Artists Program of the Royal Drawing School for three years, based at the Natural History Museum and V&A Museum of Childhood in London. She wrote and illustrated two books for children, Aesop's Fables and The Gentle Lion and Little Owlet (published by Anova Books in 2009 and 2012).

Last year she worked in collaboration with the conservation charity, Synchronicity Earth and the IUCN at the Natural History Museum in London. She has completed commissions internationally, including creating the artwork behind the Nordic mulled wine label FORESTGLOW.

Alice currently designs for the fashion house Hermès Paris. She has created some wonderful and best-selling designs.

When asked her opinion of the importance of art, she answers:

"Art is the evidence of Civilisation. It is what defines a culture, and what is left behind when a civilisation ends. It tells the story of how we came to be, and of what came before. It stops us from being just animals, and makes us human."