Born in Ketchikan, Alaska, Allie High is Tsimshian, Raven, Haida and Aleut. She received her BS in education from the Unversity of Oregon and her MA from the University of Texas. Highly influenced by her Native American culture and the artistic traditions of her ancestors, High creates intricately carved masks of subtly detailed with symbolic elements and mythological details. In her paintings of animals and figures, she uses geometric shapes as well as simplified patterns and colors to emphasize form and line. High has taught art in public schools and universities in Alaska and Louisiana. She has exhibited widely both domestically and internationally, and her work can be found in collections of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Anchorage Museum, and Alaska Airlines.