About Me

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 available, and I'm happy to make prints upon request. {I can send them out in less than 2 weeks} If you would like to purchase an original or print, please contact me.

avocet watercolor painting

Harvey Started it all

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.


Prints and cards available by request, or in my Etsy Shop.


See my Art at Lilify in Monterey

I will be having a one day showcase at Monterey's most adorable boutique, Lilify, at 281 Lighthouse Avenue on December 5th 2015


I am currently available for commissions, and would love to hear about your project. To get in touch, email me at lucy [at] lucyconklin [dot] com