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.
I was lucky to be profiled on Oregon Public Broadcasting's ArtBeat, which was a fun and informative experience (video below). The profile was filmed in June, 2018 and aired in February 2019. It's a great way to learn more about me and what a science illustrator does. (It runs for about eight minutes, and there's also a brief article.)
I also wrote an article for the University of Washington's Burke Museum blog as part of the certificate program. It does a good job of explaining what science illustration is and why it's important (link below).
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 my projects:
High Desert Museum, Bend, OR – "Ponds in the Desert" exhibit interpretive sign illustrations
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 sign illustrations for the Alder Island Nature Trail in the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Hillsboro, OR – Botanical illustrations for native and invasive plant foliage and root system comparison
Scientific illustrations for journal publication for professors from Oregon State University and the University of California, Riverside
Interpretive signage along the Alder Island Nature Trail at the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Photo credit: Ernie Rose