As a child of the south, descending from a long line of storytellers, cooks, gardeners, and creative thinkers, Robbin Gourley's illustration career began at around age six. She drew when she couldn’t write. She began to formally study drawing in high school and continued drawing throughout college while pursuing a degree in graphic design. Robbin moved to New York to work in graphic design and became an art director in corporate adult and children’s publishing. Her first cookbook, Cakewalk: Loving Spoonfuls from a Southern Kitchen, was a vehicle for her watercolor paintings.
Robbin's books for children include Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis and First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew (Clarion). She lives with her husband and cat in North Carolina.