John Sill -freelance artist and bird illustrator
John Sill -freelance artist and bird illustrator John Sill -freelance artist and bird illustrator
John Sill -freelance artist and bird illustrator

John was born in the coastal plain of North Carolina in the small town of St. Pauls. He received a BS in wildlife biology from N.C. State University. John got his love of birds from his Aunt Della who had an abundant interest in all of creation. His father, a talented watercolor artist and an able naturalist, gave him instruction and encouraged him in his career.

John has worked as a freelance artist and illustrator since 1971. His art has been exhibited in highly acclaimed shows and appeared in a number of books and magazines. John was the illustrator for the Bird Identification Calendar published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society from its beginning in 1980 until 2007. He has given workshops on field sketching for the American Birding Association and other venues. While the subjects of most of John’s work have been birds (both real and imagined), his illustrations for his wife Cathryn’s much awarded “About” series of natural history books for children have expanded his art to include other wildlife.





Artist for the American Birding Association “2014 Bird of the Year” Check out the Rufous Hummingbird


• Birds In Art - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

• Art of the Animal Kingdom - Bennington Center for the Arts

• Cape May Bird Observatory Gallery - Cape May Bird Observatory

• Birds: The Science of Illustration – North Carolina Arboretum

• Painting Birds to Save Them: The Critical Role of Art in the Bird Conservation Movement - Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon


• About Birds etc. (10 titles) - Peachtree Publishers, Ltd

• A Field Guide to Little Known & Seldom Seen Birds of N.A. – Peachtree Publishers,

• Another Field Guide to Little Known & Seldom Seen Birds – Peachtree Publishers

• Beyond Birdwatching – Peachtree Publishers

• Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas – University of Massachusetts Press

• The Ecotravellers’ Wildlife Guide (Alaska, Ecuador, Peru) Academic Press (originally)

• Bird Songs – Becker & Mayer

• Birds of the World – Johns Hopkins University Press

Magazines: features and illustrations

• Birder’s World

• American Artists Watercolor 94

• South Carolina Wildlife

• Natural History

• Birding

• Bird Watcher’s Digest

• N.C. State Perspectives

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