Christy Allen studied painting at Parson's School of Design, Yale School of Music and Art and received her B.F.A. in painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
She has enjoyed traveling abroad and living for a time in Tokyo, Japan which in turn, greatly influenced her aesthetic. She now lives in her hometown of Denver with her three young children, their two "guaranteed" male African Dwarf Frogs, Spark and Flip and their eggs (?!), and one surprisingly social and attentive fish, Magic.
She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators.