Class of 2010
Like all artists of science, the natural world has always inspired and excited me. As a kid, I survived a number of small obsessions including drawing flowers, raising pets—turtles, fish, birds, cats, dogs—sculpting horses, making and collecting teddy bears, insects in jars, and drawing portraits of dogs. Art was a clear choice. My post-college journey has been filled with many rich and fulfilling artistic endeavors, from working as printer at Paulson Press to carrying out an artist-in-residence at Recology in San Francisco. Reflecting on these different paths, I see that my work is bound together by a common thread—inspiration sparked by nature. I am driven by my vision to conserve and protect the natural world where I feel most excited, both visually and intellectually. Combining that with my passion for art leaves me with unrefined excitement. For the next nine months, I look forward to many exciting science art adventures. My journey begins in Yosemite National Park through which I was awarded the Sierra Nevada Research Institute Science Visualization Fellowship. Following this experience, I am honored to work with The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. I will be working at Coiba National Park and the Naos Marine Lab. Finally, I will travel to Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology where I was awarded the Bartels Science Illustration Internship. Please visit me at WWW.INK-DWELL.COM and browse through Renderings of Life—a glimpse into places in which I like to dwell.