Something told the wild geese ...

New art for Scholastic STORYWORKS magazine.

Illustration by Susan Swan
Poetry by Rachael Field

An excerpt:
Something told the wild geese
  It was time to go;
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered, - 'Snow.' 
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.

Reef! Reef!

Okay, so a dog doesn't sound like that but this one might.  A couple of years ago I painted this resin dog for a street display in Hudson, NY.  I had done a ton of research for a series of ocean creature books and it looks like they all wound up here.  The dogs were later auctioned off to raise funds for the local art council.  I found these pics and thought I'd share them.

Themed art - Family

Two sisters and a step-sister, from a retelling of Cinderella published in Japan in 1994 by Hikari no Kuni.

Meow says mother cat and her little kittens four.

November's theme is FAMILY, so here's my illustrated spread showing the cat family. This is for Over on the Farm which will feature ten animal families living on the farm. It comes out spring 2016, is written by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by me and published by Dawn Publications.

Thanks for taking a look and Happy November!

Animal Families

This month's themed art is Family.  I thought I'd share some animal moms and their families.

Momma Bear soothes Baby Bear.
written and illustrated by Shennen Bersani.

Mother elephant sleeps with her baby.
written by Linda Stanek, illustrated by Shennen Bersani.

A mother garter protects her young.
written by Jerry Pallotta and Van Wallach
illustrated by Shennen Bersani.

A zebra shark and her children.
written by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Shennen Bersani.

And finally, as bats prepare to hibernate…
written by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Shennen Bersani.

Family Holiday

I created this illustration years ago to reflect the "new look" of traditional family gatherings.
Inspiration from a classic Rockwell painting helped get the message across.

Steven James Petruccio
Acrylic on Paper

Orange pumpkins everywhere ...

          Rejected wrap around cover for PICK A CIRCLE,
and below, final front cover.
PICK A CIRCLE, GATHER SQUARES - written by Felicia Sanzari Chernsky, 
illustrated by Susan Swan

Orange Dawn

An experiment — egg tempera on illustration board. 

Air to Sea Orange

Flying orange in the sky….

5 Julia butterflies
from Butterfly Counting
written by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by me, Charlesbridge, 2015.

Swimming orange in the sea….

from Sea Slime: It's Eeuwy, Gooey, and Under the Sea
written by Ellen Prager, illustrated by me, Arbordale Publishing, 2014.

AND a special October Halloween bonus, how could I not include:

The Vampire Squid From Hell
Vampyroteuthis infernalis

from Sea Slime: It's Eeuwy, Gooey, and Under the Sea
written by Ellen Prager, illustrated by me, Arbordale Publishing, 2014.

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October is Orange!

Wild Ones, Critters in the City
October's themed word is ORANGE. I'm posting this image from Wild Ones, Critters in the City because the girl calling her lost dog is wearing an ORANGE shirt.

This book comes out Spring 2016, is written by Carol Malnor, published by Dawn Publishing and illustrated by me, Cathy Morrison.

Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

It's here!!

Dear Friends,

It's here!!! Another Phyllis Harris coloring book is available today at this link.  It is available on Amazon, and even internationally! Yay! Finally one that folks overseas can enjoy, too! Now including,,,, and
US Amazon link:


Since I have been illustrating children's books since 1999 and I am the illustrator of over 35 children's books, I thought it was high time I created and published a children's book myself! I am SO excited!

Introducing my 2 in 1 coloring/story book. And my studio companion Cassie give her hardy approval!

It makes a wonderful keepsake!   Adults can enjoy the act of coloring AND enjoy reading with their little ones after the book is complete. This 32 page coloring book/story book featuring a lovable little girl, Emma and her golden retriever friend, Brandy. It includes the 14 timeless one-sided images created on nostalgic cream colored paper.

Here is a little back story on Brandy and Emma...
I have lots of art featuring golden retrievers and a small blonde headed girls? Ever wonder why? Many of you on this list are already familiar with my Brandy and Emma characters because of the stamping/crafting community. But for those of you who don't know who Brandy and Emma are, let me explain.

Here is the original Brandy, the golden retriever and Emma.(aka Em or Emily, our daughter, the photo taken many years ago, as she is now a mama herself.)

Brandy was our very first beloved golden retriever who has been gone from our lives for many years now but never gone from our hearts. She was the dearest creature and I often thought she was an angel sent by God to our family.

There are still lots of my first coloring book, the heART of childhood,  going out to their new homes so be sure to get your copy soon as I am down to three last boxes and I would be so honored if you shared this link to my coloring book with your friends and family who might enjoy this new fun craze of adult coloring. It is so relaxing after a stressful day. Oh, and be sure to use the FREE U.S. SHIPPING coupon code USShipFree at checkout!

As always, thank you for being a part of our wonderful community. I am so grateful for each and every one of you!


Gifts that give back
Phyllis Harris Designs & You – Giving the gift of love and healing
Every purchase of a heart-warming Phyllis Harris Designs illustration print donates 5 percent of every illustration print sold from our website to Children's Mercy Hospital.  

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Themed art: School

Here's an old one! Though I class this in my children's book style, it's actually from a series of advertising posters I did for Dai Ichi Kangyo Bank (now part of the Mizuho group). Ah, good times!

Back to School We Go!

A few of my books have school related illustrations in them.  I thought I'd share some with you.

Taking the bus to school isn't always easy.  Here children taunt Alicia May.
From My Sister, Alicia May, written by Nancy Tupper Ling, 
illustrated by Shennen Bersani.

The first day of school can bring surprises, like your best friend's new haircut.
written by Barbara Meyers and Lydia Criss Mays
illustrated by Shennen Bersani.

School can teach you about staying healthy.
written by Beverlye Hyman Fead and Tessa Mae Hamermesh,
illustrated by Shennen Bersani.

On the muddy road to school in winter ...

"Squishy slime sucked at their rubber overshoes ..." from The Christmas Coat: Memories of my Sioux Childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. 
Illustration by Ellen Beier.