Alicia started drawing at the early age of 4 with help from her big brother who was an exceptional artist. Her favorite character was Garfield and used that as her foundation for cartooning. She created many different characters growing up and Art was her main course of study throughout high school and college; she was also a set designer for both drama departments. Alicia graduated Magna Cum Laude and College Fellow in Fine Arts (Studio Art Concentration) at Jamestown College, North Dakota; Minors in Business Administration and Information Technology. Alicia currently works as a graphic artist for a local sticker company and freelances out of her home. Furthermore, Alicia has worked with local production companies and photographers working as a model, special makeup effects artist and photo editor and she has walked the fashion runway for Toxic Sadie Swimwear.
Alicia knows first hand what it feels like to be bullied since childhood. When her late best friend, Sean Kollman, wrote a book titled "Timmy the Fish" 15 years ago and asked Alicia to illustrate it, she jumped at the opportunity because it was a book based on bullying for younger readers. Little did she know that this would be the start of what is now her life calling - to help put an end to bullying. Find out more about her adorable anti-bullying zombie kids at ZombieSquirts.com!
Timmy the Fish has an important anti-bullying message delivered through bright, colorful, and engaging illustrations. The story is about a small perch bullied by his older peers at school. When Timmy starts to swim at the back of the school for fear of being bullied again, he befriends a Largemouth Bass named Brutus who shares his secret to overcoming the bullies without resorting to violence.