John Sill

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 has been the illustrator for the Bird Identification Calendar published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society since the project began in 1980. He is the instructor in the Field Sketching and Bird Illustration Workshop for the Institute for Field Ornithology sponsored by the American Birding Association. 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 children’s books have expanded his art to include other wildlife.

You can read more about John Sill and his work at his website www.johnsill.com

Products by John Sill

The following products include artwork and/or writing by John Sill. Most products are a collaboration of the wonderful artists and writers who have contributed to Acorn Designs over the years.

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2022 Desk Calendar ~The Birds of John Sill

$20.00

12-month desk calendar features an Acorn Designs art piece for each month on 4.25″ x 5.5″ cards and accompanying hand crafted hemlock stand. Takes up little space and is quite lovely. Made with reclaimed wood and 100% recycled paper.

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Oystercatcher Notecard

American Oystercatcher Journal

$20.00$21.00

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Chances are you’ll hear the noisy American oystercatcher before you see it, and once it catches your attention with its shrill Bleep? call, and flashy dark and light plumage, you’ll want to take a closer look. This comical shorebird flaunts a black head, brown and white body, long pink legs, heavy…

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Bald Eagle Mini Journal

$7.00

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Found only in North America, the Bald Eagle is an awe-inspiring bird of prey. Standing three feet tall and weighing over ten pounds, they soar on wings up to seven feet wide. Belonging to the order of Sea Eagles, they are found near large bodies of water where they eat freash…

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Blue Jay Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

The blue jay is a rowdy character; dominating bird feeders, raiding the nests of songbirds, and mobbing predators like cats, hawks and owls. But this noisy, bold, medium-sized bird also adds a flash of bright blue color to a cold winter day. Being in the Corvid family with crows, ravens and magpies, jays are known…

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Bullfrog Notecard

Bullfrog Journal

$20.00$21.00

Bullfrog (Rana catebeiana) Bullfrogs are probably the most widely distributed amphibians in North America. They are found across most of the lower 48 states into Mexico, Cuba and Jamaica. Originally, however, they were not native to the western U.S. Bullfrogs may reach up to 8 inches in length. Their overall coloration is green or grey-brown…

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Bullfrog Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

Bullfrogs are probably the most widely distributed amphibians in North America. They are found across most of the lower 48 states into Mexico, Cuba and Jamaica. Bullfrogs may reach up to 8 inches in length. Even the tadpoles are large; up to 5 inches long! Bullfrogs may remain in the tadpole stage for up to…

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Bullfrog Mini Journal

$7.00

Bullfrogs are probably the most widely distributed amphibians in North America. They may reach up to 8 inches in length. Even the tadpoles are large…up to five inches long! Bullfrogs may remain in the tadpole stage for up to two years. Bullfrogs live in permanent freshwater habitats such as ponds, rivers, lakes or marshes. Chorusing…

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Bullfrog Notecard

$3.00$18.00

Bullfrog (Rana catebeiana) Bullfrogs are probably the most widely distributed amphibians in North America. They are found across most of the lower 48 states into Mexico, Cuba and Jamaica. Originally, however, they were not native to the western U.S. Bullfrogs may reach up to 8 inches in length. Their overall coloration is green or grey-brown…

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Bullfrog Small Journal

$15.00$16.00

Bullfrogs are probably the most widely distributed amphibians in North America. They are found across most of the lower 48 states into Mexico, Cuba and Jamaica. Originally, however, they were not native to the western U.S. Bullfrogs may reach up to 8 inches in length. Their overall coloration is green or grey-brown with brown spots.…

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California Condor Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

Masters of air currents, California Condors majestically sailed the skies for thousands of years until the 1900’s when their populations plummeted due to lead and pesticide poisoning, shooting and habitat loss. By 1983 only 22 survived in the wild. This prompted a controversial decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to bring the last…

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California Condor Notecard

$3.00$18.00

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) Masters of air currents, California Condors majestically sailed the skies for thousands of years until the early 1900s, when their populations plummeted due to lead and pesticide poisoning, shooting and habitat loss. By 1983, only 22 survived in the wild. This prompted a controversial decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

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California Condor Small Journal

$15.00$16.00

Masters of air currents, California Condors majestically sailed the skies for thousands of years until the 1900’s when their populations plummeted due to lead and pesticide poisoning, shooting and habitat loss. By 1983 only 22 survived in the wild. This prompted a controversial decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to bring the last…

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Cardinal on Dogwood Journal

$20.00$21.00

Cardinal on Dogwood (Cardinalis cardinalis) These birds are named for the cardinals of the Roman Catholic church with their bright red robes. With vivid red plumage and clear whistled songs, the cardinal is a backyard favorite. Cardinals add cheer to our winter landscape with their color as they often remain on their breeding territory year-round.…

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Cardinal on Dogwood Notecard

$3.00$18.00

Cardinal on Dogwood (Cardinalis cardinalis) These birds are named for the cardinals of the Roman Catholic church with their bright red robes. With vivid red plumage and clear whistled songs, the cardinal is a backyard favorite. Cardinals add cheer to our winter landscape with their color as they often remain on their breeding territory year-round.…

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Cardinal on Dogwood Small Journal

$15.00$16.00

These birds are named for the cardinals of the Roman Catholic church with their bright red robes. With vivid red plumage and clear whistled songs, the cardinal is a backyard favorite. Cardinals add cheer to our winter landscape with their color as they often remain on their breeding territory year-round. Cardinals are residents in the…

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Cardinal with Dogwood Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

These birds are named for the cardinals of the Roman Catholic church with their bright red robes. With vivid red plumage and clear whistled songs, the cardinal is a backyard favorite. Cardinals add cheer to our winter landscape with their color as they often remain on their breeding territory year-round. Cardinals are residents in the…

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