Phyllis V. Saroff

Phyllis Saroff is a freelance illustrator located in Annapolis, Maryland. Her illustrations have been used in books and magazines for children, and her scientific illustrations appear on displays in wildlife management areas across the country. Phyllis also paints fine art and portraiture. She is represented by McBride Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Charlotte’s Web and Black Beauty

What’s your favorite line from a book?

"Then, when every last cent of their money was spent, the Fix-it-Up Chappie packed up and went."
—The Sneetches by Dr. Suess

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

I admire Gregory Manchess, Greg Harlin, and the drawings of Shel Silverstein.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love to draw and paint and tell a story or convey an idea at the same time. And I love sharing art and ideas with others.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

It is advisable to learn about business so you can market and manage your work, and have a back up source of income while you are developing your style and client base.