(written from a Production point of view)
Ali Ries is an artist from Salem, Oregon who specializes in digital animation and design. 
She has worked in films and television as a CG artist, visual effects artist, and digital effects artist, contributing to shows such as Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Dexter, and Defiance, and films including Riddick (2013).
For Star Trek, she has contributed to several novel covers for Pocket Books, usually working with Doug Drexler. Her first cover was for The Folded World, and that was followed by Armageddon's Arrow, and Ascendance. Her nebula imagery also provides backgrounds for all three novels in the Star Trek: Prometheus trilogy.
She also contributed artwork for the November image in Star Trek: Ships of the Line (2014), also with Drexler. In 2013, she contributed the Vulcan map and backgrounds for four other maps in the Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library.