Nature is my inspiration for art, and art is my passion in science.
My art style varies from technical science illustration to looser, more whimsical pieces. I work in multiple types of media, like watercolor, acrylic, pen, microscope photography, and digital vector drawings. I have made and modified figures for publication in journals, illustrated the avatars and backgrounds of a web tutorial, and painted greeting cards and pet portraits.
I have created art and explored the outdoors for as long as I can remember, but I was sure I was going to be a scientist until I started applying to university. Then I realized – why choose between my passions? I received my BS in Ecology and my BFA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia in 2015. I followed up these degrees with an MS in Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics from UGA in 2019. My Master’s degree projects relied heavily on microscopy, for which my art training was invaluable. Art and science are not disparate disciplines, but heavily influence one another. Science thrives on passion and creativity, and art illustrates the wonder and beauty of science. My current focus is communicating science through different media to help people appreciate and understand the world around them.
I am currently Art Director for Athens Science Cafe and Athens Science Observer. Three of my pieces were in the show The Head and the Art (2019 – Creature Comforts), where I highlighted my research through mixed media art using my microscope images. I had a fantasy piece in the Wild Rumpus Art Show: Magical (2020 – Tiny Ath Gallery). I designed and taught a graduate course – Photoshop and Illustrator for Researchers – to help graduate students in my department design their own figures for publication.
I am accepting commissions!