Allyson was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998. A semester studying painting and printmaking in Cortona, Italy in 2000 solidified her decision to pursue a career in the Illustration and Graphic Design industry. In 2002 she completed a degree in Graphic Design at The Creative Circus in Atlanta, Georgia. After 5 years of working in the commercial design world she decided to shift her focus on painting and raising her children. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.