Sylvia Portillo was born and raised in Los Angeles County’s San Fernando Valley. Like most children she loved to draw. She is most grateful to her mother and her maternal grandmother for providing frequent visits the Los Angeles County Art and History museums.
In 1969, Sylvia moved to Seattle where she became acquainted with many different art media. Among others these included glassblowing, clay sculpting, linoleum and wood engraving relief printing. Following her 2001 graduation from the University of Washington’s Scientific Illustration Certificate Program she has been a continuous member of both the national and local chapters respectively of The American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and The Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists (PNBA), the national and local chapters respectively of the Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators (GNSI and GNSI-NW), and the Wood Engravers Network (WEN). Her primary focus is now on botanical and wildlife art. Sylvia believes that scientific illustration is the perfect venue to combine her love of art and science. It is by far the best way she knows to share the beauty and wonder of nature as seen through her eyes.
Her art can be found illustrating Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey, by Joel Athey, Ph. D. and in the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Garden’s Vivarium. Sylvia became a Parklane Gallery artist in 2016.