Laurel Long is known for her detailed illustrations
rendered in oil paints. Her first picture book,
The Mightiest Heart by Lynn Cullen, was awarded
the Gold Medal by the Society of Illustrators.
Publishers Weekly described it as a remarkable
debut paintings that resemble medieval tapestries.
Her illustrations for The Magic Nesting Doll by
Jacqueline Ogburn, were described by the
School Library Journal as "stunning" and the book
was selected as an ABA Kidís Pick of the Lists book
and for the Los Angeles100 best books of 2000.
Longís illustrations for The Lady and the Lion,
a Brothers Grimm tale were selected for publication
in the Communication Arts 2003 Illustration Annual.
Long is a graduate of Syracuse University with a
masterís degree in fine arts.
She is a Professor of Art at California University,
Northridge. Born and raised in New York,
she currently lives in southern California with
her husband, daughter and many animal companions.
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