Robin Baird Lewis

Robin Baird Lewis’s illustrations for the classic picture book Red is Best (1992) have taken on iconic stature for the tens of thousands of people who read the book as a child, and are now reading it to their own children and grandchildren.

Robin has always been an illustrator, and credits any success in school to the visual explanations crammed into her notebook margins. Since designing ceramic trivets at the tender age of four, and organizing a class mural in kindergarten, she has continued to build a rich genetic talent into a steadily successful life-long career in the arts.

Despite an absence of formal art training (her academic degrees are in English, History, Education, and Scottish Studies), Robin has acquired a wide command of media: pencil, chalk, ink, paint, lithography, and clay.

Robin’s versatility, expressed in graphic design, illustration, murals, theatrical scenery, restaurant design, and the decorative arts, has supported her entrepreneurial career for over 35 years. She now operates with a network of associates out of Studio One in Guelph, Ontario.

Recent projects have broadened to a therapeutic coloring book for adult survivors of child abuse and the young adult mystery book, The Ale Sea. Lately, Robin has discovered a remarkable gift for practical creative engineering, devising unique domestic arts and crafts for workshops and camps. While regularly adding to her journal of essays entitled The Only Sane One Here, Robin finds time for her other interests including choral singing, opera, gardening, animal care, and Aussie rugby rules.

Annick Press books
illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis