Gill Alexander was born in Durham. North Carolina and grew up in an academic household in the suburbs of Albany, New York. Gill moved to Portland, Oregon to study English literature at Reed College where he later graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1984.

His highly realistic drawings are filled with great detail. Many are painstakingly constructed from arrays of tiny black stippling dots. Gill also works with markers. The marker drawings have a more painterly feel but, nevertheless, contain just as much intricacy. All of Gill’s work is labor intensive and some drawings can takeup to 300 hours to complete.