Cathy Morrison

Cathy Morrison – Designer

Award winning illustrator passionate about nature, science and the environment. I create picture books that encourage life long readers.


Hello! Thanks for stopping by my Reedsy profile. As a digital children's book illustrator I'm passionate about nature, science and the environment. Combining my degrees in fine arts and education along with my background in animation and graphic design, I research and illustrate narrative nonfiction picture books as well as whimsical fiction, board books, and chapter books. My portfolio reflects my style of visual storytelling.

I love the collaboration process, welcoming revisions and edits, always striving to create a book that will encourage lifelong readers. It's important to me to give my clients an enjoyable experience during our book creating process. I look forward to working together!


"In addition to being a phenomenally talented artist and illustrator, Cathy understands exactly what the client needs and delivers. She is reliable, does excellent work and I would not hesitate to recommend her highly for book or any other kind of illustration. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, On Time".

-- Florrie Kichler, past president of the Independent Book Publisher's Association and publisher of the Patria Press historical fiction series.

My art studio is in the foothills northwest of Fort Collins with a panoramic view of the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. I live with my husband, Andy, a fine artist urban sketcher and volunteer firefighter. Also there's Biscuit, my studio pet, an energetic golden doodle. She was recently showcased in Where Women Work Magazine's Pet Tales. I enjoy travel, hiking, and gardening, especially with native, drought-tolerant plants that encourage pollinators.

Art Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference Home & Garden Nature
Historical Fiction Middle Grade Picture Books
  • Moonbeam Gold Award
  • Mom's Choice Award, Gold
  • Silver Award in Florida Book Awards
  • Colorado Independent Publisher's Assoc EVVY Award for Cover Illustration and Design
  • Teacher's Choice Award
  • Green Earth Book Awards Shortlist
  • Family Choice Award
  • Eureka! Honor Award
  • USA Best Book Award
  • Nautilus Book Award
  • International League of Conservation Writers
  • National Science Teacher's Assoc
  • Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators

Work experience


Jan, 1981 — Present

Cathy has 3 reviews







Mar, 2024

Mrs. Morrison has beautifully illustrated two books for my family. Her work is detailed and she collaborates and communicates in order to ensure satisfaction. I couldn’t be happier!


Mar, 2024

I can’t speak more highly of her and her work. The communication was great and she was very accepting of feedback.
Cathy M.
Thanks so much, Eleanor, I've enjoyed illustrating these books so much. It's been a great experience.
Jack B.

Jack B.

Aug, 2023

Cathy was very professional, very talented and completed the work to a high level of finish. Her communication was excellent and I will certainly be happy to work with her again in the future.
Cathy M.
Jack was great to work with. His communication style was friendly and professional. His company produces such great children's books that I'd be honored to work with him on a regular basis.

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