Born and raised in Cut Off, Louisiana, Alexis J. Braud came to love the stories of the land that surrounded her. Although she traveled for a brief time and tried different jobs, she realized that her calling to be an artist—and her inspiration to achieve it—lay at home with her roots. With her illustrations, Braud seeks to find and celebrate aspects of Southern culture that make Louisiana unique. Her stories look to the characters and eternal mystery of the bayous, swamps, and fens that she calls home.
Braud attended Nicholls State University, where she received a BA in visual art with a focus on painting and sculpture. She has also worked as a high school English teacher and an art teacher.
An artist and mother first, Braud is also a compulsive crafter, enthusiastic home cook, student of her Cajun culture, and hopeful farmer. She lives outside of Hammond, Louisiana, with her husband and children.
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