J.A.W. Cooper was born in England, grew up in Kenya, Sweden, Ireland, and Southern California, and currently lives and works in smelly smelly Los Angeles. Cooper's parents were both freshwater ecologists and it is no surprise that an interest in the natural world is central to her work. Cooper works commercially as an art director for TV and movie campaigns, and in her "free time" is a profoundly creepy human being and an illustrator / fine artist for the shear joy of it.