• Some things about me: 

    As a Virginia-born author/illustrator, the natural beauty, rich history and Appalachian storytelling traditions I grew up with launched a lifelong fascination with the natural world and a desire to share my own stories in pictures and words. I want to spark the same curiosity and wonder in my readers.

    I graduated from VCUArts with a BFA in Communication Arts and Design way back in 1993 and worked as a graphic designer for much of my career. I’m also a member of the SCBWI and currently serve as the region’s Illustrator Coordinator.

    I still live in Virginia with my family, two feline studio mates, and a couple guinea pigs. When I am not illustrating, writing, or being “mom”, you’ll probably find me walking in the woods or at the library. You can view my work at http://www.traylorillo.com.

    Some things I’m inspired by: 

    • Animals

    • Nature and the conservation thereof

    • Mysteries—bonus points for history-mysteries

    • History and historical dress/costume

    • Sewing, knitting, and other fiber arts

    • Gardening and preserving

    • Cooking and baking

    • Outdoor adventures—camping, hiking, etc.

    • Reading

    • Libraries


  • I’m an illustrator, designer and storyteller. I use both traditional and digital media to to create compelling, narrative imagery. I want to bring the same sense of curiosity wonder and deep connection to my audience that I’ve had about books my entire life.