Snowcats Book Illustrator 



You can view Elisabeth Alba’s art work at

Illustrator for Gilly & the Snowcats: Elisabeth Alba –Elisabeth is an American illustrator who was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but most of her 'growing up' took place in Orlando, Florida, where she wallowed in all things Disney. 

Traveling much with her family led to an obsession with history and an interest in other cultures throughout the ages. 

She is also inspired by children's literature and film, especially fantasy and historical fiction. Elisabeth earned a dual degree BA from the University of Florida in English and visual art studies. 

She earned her master's degree in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. 


She now lives and works in Western Massachusetts, along with her husband, illustrator Scott Murphy (www.murphyillustration). 

She is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and the Western Massachusetts Illustrators' Guild. 


Her work has been recognized in 3x3 Vol.6, Illustration West 51, Infected by Art 3 and 4, Spectrum 23, and Imagine FX magazine. 

Elisabeth’s Clients include: Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Llewellyn Worldwide, Academic Therapy Publications, Fantasy Flight Games, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Metropolitan Books, Oxford University Press, Small Beer Press, 3dtotal Publishing, AAA Traveler magazine, TOCCA Beauty, MTV Books.


Elisabeth Illustrated Books include "Fancy" by Kristin Earhart, Cartwheel Books/Scholastic; "I Am #4: Martin Luther King Jr.," "I Am #7: George Lucas," and "I Am #10: Cleopatra" by Grace Norwich, Scholastic. 

Other books which feature illustrations by Elisabeth include: "The Shadowhunter's Codex" by Cassandra Clare, Simon & Schuster; "The Last Days of Jesus" by Bill O'Reilly, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers; and "The Race for Paradise" by Paul M. Cobb, Oxford University Press. 

She is currently working on a full tarot deck for Llewellyn Worldwide by author Deborah Blake.

Who are some of your main inspirations in your artwork? (from interview with Elisabeth Alba at

My favorite children’s books growing up and now (I still buy them!) are the highly detailed, lush, fully illustrated books with fairy tale, historical, or fantasy elements. I’m drawn to classic illustrators like Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham, and N.C. Wyeth; the Pre-Raphaelites; and contemporary illustrators like Omar Rayyan, Jody A. Lee, Charles Vess, Rebecca Guay, and James Gurney. I also love animated movies and fun books like the Harry Potter series, which kept me active as a fan-artist for almost five years.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone © Elisabeth Alba


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone © Elisabeth Alba

An Interview with Elisabeth Alba -Kelly McMorris Blog

"Elisabeth has been a freelance illustrator in the children's book and fantasy industries for several years now. I was curious about how she has managed to build up her freelance career from the ground up, and what it's like being married to ponytail-rocking fellow illustrator Scott Murphy.


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