Charla Pettingill was born and raised in Morristown, Tennessee. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where she graduated Magna cum Laude (B.F.A. 2008). She also earned her M.A. in Illustration at SCAD, graduating in 2009 with a 4.0 GPA.
Charla is now an internationally-published freelance illustrator working in watercolor and digitally. She is currently available for freelance illustration work.