As the child of two biologists, I thought all children dissected the dead birds and frogs they found in the yard. I thought all adults knew the biological names of the wildflowers, and to this day I can't cross a body of water without looking for fish.
I was fascinated by science in high school and went on to earn a degree in physics. After a brief diversion to New York City (which I still believe to be the center of the universe) I returned to the sciences by way of the arts in California when I graduated from the Science Illustration Certificate Program at California State University at Monterey Bay.
These days, when I'm not working on an illustration, you can find me tidepooling, experimenting with fermentation (kombucha and bread at the moment), or running around.
My clients include the Exploratorium, Edible Magazine, Graze Magazine, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, WIRED Magazine, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Thanks to Jeffrey Schwinghammer for the photo!
These paintings are currently on view at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center. If you would like to purchase an original or print, please contact me.
When I first moved to Monterey, I lived in Del Rey Oaks and this hawk would hang out on the telephone pole near my apartment every day. I named him Harvey, but then decided that Harvey was probably a lady. Regardless, Harvey inspired this entire project. I wanted to bring attention to the local animals that one would encounter every day, so I made a (long) list of critters that are native to the east bay, and I started illustrating them. These paintings are currently on view in Hayward, CA at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center.
Prints and cards available by request, or in my Etsy Shop.
I taught an introduction to science illustration class last month, and to demonstrate the techniques I was using, I created these guides on how to draw pinecones in graphite, ink, watercolor, and watercolor pencil.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be installing a show at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in October 2014. The show is tentatively called ''Elevations'' and will explore the wide variety of wildlife and ecosystems that occur in the Eastern San Francisco Bay area. Join my mailing list below for updates on this project.