Courtenay Birdsall Clifford was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. The daughter of artists Lynn and Byron Birdsall, she got an early start in the arts and has played with various mediums and subject matter over the years. After studying art at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and a short stint living in Eugene, Oregon, she heeded the call of her home state and moved to Skagway in 2007. Now working primarily in a blend of watercolor and acrylic, she finds unending inspiration in the Alaskan landscape and seeks to capture the lush textures and vivid colors of nature.