Sylvia Long is an award winning illustrator of children's books. Her detailed paintings are inspired by her love of animals and the outdoors.
Black Necked Stilt Chicks
Thumbelina and Beetles (original illustration from Sylvia Long’s Thumbelina, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, publ. 2010)
Skunk Family (original illustration from Because You Are My Baby, Rising Moon, publ. 2007)
My interest in the natural world began early. It stemmed from my mother’s infectious excitement on hearing the song of an oriole, then finding its intricate hanging nest at the top of a nearby cottonwood tree. And from my father’s comments on the geology of the landscapes streaming past our car windows on our annual summer vacations—the alluvial fans, volcanic cones, scarp and dip slopes, and the forces that created them billions of years ago. My father also taught us the names of constellations and studied the bark of trees during our woodland walks.