Born in Traverse City, MI, Alli grew up surrounded by woods, water, and natural beauty. Her mother taught her how to watercolor as a child, capturing her surroundings with a brush while on family trips to Canada and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She later taught herself how to paint with acrylics and enjoys the flexibility and texture of the medium. Trained as an architect, Alli appreciates the built environment and its constructs but will never get tired of photographing and replicating nature through painting.