Jenn Hales grew up in an earth-sheltered home near Apex NC. As a child she spent her time reading books and examining bumble-bees in the front yard. Her family didn't have a tv- so she drew the creatures she saw in nature and in her imagination.
Later Jenn moved to Ohio where she graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Industrial Design. Before becoming a full time artist/illustrator she worked as a toy designer, a footwear designer, a design researcher, and a welder.
She currently lives in Raleigh NC, where she has been working as an artist and illustrator since 2010.
**Jenn Hales also painted Raleigh's first sidewalk mural located next to DECO Raleigh at the corner of Salisbury and Hargett Streets**