Born in the small town of Madison, Indiana, Allis grew up with a love of both nature and art -- happily with a lack supervision that made exploring both possible. Her first career in marketing for the Walt Disney Company however, was a far cry from her naturalist roots.
On a whim in 2009, Allis attended the Advanced Taxidermy Training Center in Montana. Upon her return to Los Angeles, she began volunteering at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. There she met her mentor, Museum Taxidermist Tim Bovard. Under his tutelage, Allis earned a staff position in taxidermy in 2011-- leaving her computer behind for good and picking up a scalpel.
In 2014, Allis opened Prey Taxidermy in downtown Los Angeles, bringing with her volunteers from the museum as staff. She is especially honored though to have her mentor, Tim Bovard as a regular guest-instructor at Prey. Allis continues her work at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, currently on a volunteer basis.
At the 2015 World Taxidermy Championship, Allis received two First Place ribbons and two Second Place ribbons for her four entries in the Professional Division. She also received a 4th place overall Competitor's Award in the Professional Division.
Dog rescue and fostering are also a big part of Allis' life. Prey always has a canine mascot around the studio looking for snuggles and treats. Allis has fostered and rehabilitated dozens of dogs over the past few years and has found every one of them a loving home. See just some of her furry friends here.
Los Angeles native, Madison Rubin grew up in the Brewery Art Colony where she now continues to reside in a studio of her own. Madison's love of taxidermy began in high school when she started volunteering at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles under Tim Bovard. She had always had a love for all thing macabre-- and luckily had the support of an artist mother who reached out to Tim for volunteer opportunities. While honing her craft at the museum, Madison also attended UCLA and graduated with a degree in cultural Anthropology and Art history. Her background in both art and her inclination towards to the scientific are evident in her work at Prey Taxidermy.
Madison continues to volunteer at the Natural History Museum and works at Prey teaching classes, creating custom commission pieces and lending her unique eye to every facet of the studio.
Originally from Washington D.C., Jennifer Hall moved to Philadelphia in 2004 to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she received numerous awards, including the Gilbert M. Cantor Memorial Scholarship and the J. Henry Schiedt Memorial Travel Scholarship. Jennifer graduated from PAFA with a certificate in printmaking and went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art and a minor in geology.
She has been privileged to work as a scientific illustator for Walters and Kissinger since 2010. In 2013, she accepted a year-long artist's residency for the Wagner Free Institute of Science's SNAP program in which she taught paleontology and paleo art to inner city middle school students. She recently spent a summer as an artist-in-residence at the Carter County Museum in Montana where she focused on exhibit design, specimen fabrication, graphic illustration, and expanded her experience as a paleontological field technician. Jennifer has began studying taxidermy in Los Angeles with Allis Markham in 2014 and has since been a vital part of Prey Taxidermy. Jennifer's scientific illustration and art background give her a sharp eye for anatomy and artistry shows through in both her work and the work of Prey students.