My career has always been directed by my love of art and nature. As a kid I spent all my time outside exploring and often drawing what I saw. In college I studied Biology and Art. Both subjects interested me and fortunately I found the profession of science illustration where I could combine them. After college I worked as a freelance illustrator for several years. In that time my clientele gradually grew to include Weyerhaeuser, American Fisheries Society, EPA, MIT, St. Martin’s Press, McCann Erickson, Arizona Highways, Archer Malmo, Oregon State University, University of Oregon among others.
In 1996 I accepted a position as senior scientific illustrator at The University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology. This position has provided me with the opportunity to expand my skills in traditional and digital illustration. It seems like yesterday when I started, but more than twenty three years have gone by. Time flies when you’re having fun!
I enjoy teaching when the opportunity arises. In the mid 1990’s I taught science illustration, ornithology and marine ecology at The Children’s School of Science in Woods Hole MA. I have taught advanced illustration, science illustration and drawing at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art. Every June & July I teach a concentrated course in scientific illustration at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.
I’m also a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. These days I am looking forward to painting a lot more wildlife and nature scenes, illustrating more books, and passing on what I have learned to a younger generation as a teacher!