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Ellie Toy

When I see plants and animals, I see little miracles: the asters that grow from a few stems to an explosion of blossoms; the squirrel that leaps from limb to limb, defying gravity. The complexity off our world is indeed a miracle, and I am in awe.


Drawing nature requires acute observation; the illustrator must be careful and accurate. Yet, as I draw, I also think of how the subject lived and how I can illustrate that. Each subject, whether plant or animal, packs so much information in its essence, I am challenged to learn each time I put pencil to paper. It is this challenge that makes me love the thing I do.


I am a mother of four, have worked as a children’s librarian and a storyteller, and am now an aspiring scientific illustrator and artist.

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