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About Nora

Nora Sherwood at the base of Gray's Peak in Colorado
Nora Sherwood at the base of Gray’s Peak in Colorado

Nora is fresh face to natural science illustration, joining the field as a mid-life career changer. She graduated from the University of Washington’s Natural Science Illustration program in Spring 2014. She spent most of her career in the high-tech field of geographic information systems and is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP). She sees science illustration and GIS as different sides of the same coin: they both portray abstractions of reality, with the same end goal of gaining a better understanding our world.

Nora’s science illustrations have been published in various scientific journals, and have been used for signage along the Oregon coast. Her paintings have been shown in solo shows in Lincoln City, Newport and Salem, and group shows in Portland, Seattle and McMinnville. She is the president of the Oregon Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and is a member of the Oregon Botanical Artists and the GIS Certification Institute

She has yet to find subject matter she has not enjoyed portraying, but she especially enjoys wildlife and botanicals. She likes focusing on intricate details. Her preferred media include watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite, but she also has extensive experience with colored pencils, gouache, and carbon dust.

As the daughter of a foreign service diplomat, she was born in Cali, Colombia and grew up living in countries all around the world. She is comfortable navigating in foreign countries, is conversant in Spanish and can manage in a variety of languages. She is an Oregon State ESB / WBE certified business.

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