I joined the field of science illustration as a mid-life career changer, after graduating from the University of Washington’s Natural Science Illustration certificate program in Spring 2014. 

Intricate details and patterns found in nature are endlessly fascinating; I enjoy the challenge of portraying them on paper. Watercolor – my primary medium – is a highly technical but powerful medium that allows me to construct illustrations in layers, always considering pigment characteristics and color theory to build forms and create depth. In addition to watercolor, I also work extensively with colored pencils, pen and ink, graphite and scratchboard. 

My business is Oregon State ESB / WBE certified.

What I do

I create custom illustrations for clients. I work with governmental entities, agencies, museums, design firms, scientists, and individuals to develop high quality custom art to fulfill their needs.

Projects and Clients

A sample of projects:

  • High Desert Museum, Bend, OR – "Ponds in the Desert" exhibit interpretive sign illustrations 

  • Williams-Sonoma, Inc., San Francisco, CA – Illustrations for a variety of products, including jam jars and quick breads

  • City of Lincoln City, Lincoln City, OR – Interpretive sign illustrations for the City's open space program

  • US Fish & Wildlife Service and Audubon Society of Lincoln City, OR - Interpretive illustrations for signage at the Alder Island Nature Trail in the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge

  • Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Hillsboro, OR – Various illustration projects to support educational initiatives

  • Scientific illustrations for books and journal publications for university professors

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Interpretive signage along the Alder Island Nature Trail at the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. 

Photo credit: Ernie Rose