Sarah Kaizar

Sarah Kaizar is an illustrator and designer based in Philadelphia.


Available Work


Current + Upcoming Exhibitions

June 8 — September 8, 2024
Catalina Museum for Art & History
Avalon, California

October 19, 2024 — March 31, 2025Burke Museum of Natural History
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

May 9 — September 14, 2025The James Museum
St. Petersburg, Florida


RARE AIR: Endangered Birds, Bats, Butterflies & Bees

  • 152 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books
  • ISBN: 978-1-68051-551-0
  • Published: Aug 15, 2023

RARE AIR, the culmination of artist Sarah Kaizar’s dedication to illustrating endangered fauna, features 66 endangered species of flight — 33 birds, 5 bats, 12 bees, and 16 butterflies — presented in her scientifically accurate and utterly engaging pen-and-ink style. Complementing the art are informative and story-driven natural histories of each species by writer A. Scott Meiser, as well as interviews with biologists who are working to sustain some of the same species. An introduction highlights how Kaizar developed this project, while the “How to Get Involved” appendix provides helpful tips on actions readers can take to help these creatures.

Kaizar’s work informs readers about the world around them in a way that is beautiful and engaging, while also examining the environmental conditions that put these species  at risk. Rare Air broadens the conversation about environmental study and inspires readers across the country to care for our winged creatures.


HIKER TRASH: Notes, Sketches and Other Detritus from the Appalachian Trail

  • 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books
  • ISBN: 978-1-68051-218-2
  • Published: Aug 13, 2019

A collage of backpacking culture, HIKER TRASH offers a glimpse of the off-beat, diverse community that is drawn to thru-hiking the country’s oldest long-distance trail. It features a collection of original illustrations by author and artist Sarah Kaizar, as well as color photos by Nicholas Reichard and excerpts from the Appalachian Trail’s famed shelter log books that highlight hikers’ thoughts, fears, frustrations, and joys.

Kaizar thru-hiked the AT in 2015, a six-month, 2,200mile journey through fourteen states during which she had plenty of time to reflect and heal following the death of her father. Intricate and arresting, her drawings are created in pen-and-ink with colorful acrylic washes; they capture the character of the trail and its shelters as well as the hikers who find respite under the roofs and in the log pages. Fellow AT thru-hiker and professional photographer Nicholas Reichard’s images provide another layer of perspective and community.