Aya Morton grew up in rural Oregon where she wrote and illustrated many stories, mostly about talking animals. She went on to study at Brown University where she majored in Religious Studies, traveling extensively in India and southeast Asia.
Morton eventually returned to her first love and received an illustration degree from The Art Center College of Design in 2007. Since then she has lived and worked as a freelance illustrator in London and now in Portland, Oregon with her husband and one year old son.
Her most recent work for Gestalt, His Dream of the Skyland: Walled City Book 1, has been created in collaboration with internationally renowned writer Anne Opotowsky. Set in an imperialist controlled Hong Kong, Morton’s illustrations are Chinese-colonial inspired and draw the reader into a world that is opulent, dark and absorbing.