My career has always been directed by my love of art and nature. Ever since I was a little kid I did drawings of animals and landscapes. In college I studied Art and Biology and eventually found that I could combine both my interests in the profession of scientific illustration. After college I worked as a freelance illustrator for several years and 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 and others.
In 1996 I applied for a scientific illustration position at The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology and, to my delight, was hired. This position has provided me with the opportunity to expand my skills in traditional and digital illustration. It seems like yesterday when I began but more than twenty years has passed since then. Too fast!
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 I teach a concentrated course in scientific illustration at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the University of Oregon’s Marine Biology lab. I described my experiences there in an EEB blog post last year.
In 2009 I became a member of Artists for Conservation (AFC). AFC promotes the artwork of wildlife and landscape artists from around the world raising awareness and money for conservation. 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!