Robert (R.W.) Alley grew up all over America, in Virginia, New York state, Texas, South Carolina, and Maryland. Robert has been illustrating original stories since he was a child and illustrated his first children’s book, The Ghost in Dobbs’ Diner in 1981, which was published by Parents Magazine Press. He officially began doing freelance work in 1984. He is currently living and working in Rhode Island with his author wife Zoë B. Alley. Robert’s best-known work has come out of Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear series which Alley has been illustrating for the past 15 years.