Class of 2015
Jennifer Bates is a scientific illustrator and nature enthusiast born and raised in California. She spent her early years getting covered in graphite, paint, and clay. It wasn't until college that she became enamored with the natural world as well. Hands stained by art supplies quickly became hands crusted in dirt and hardened by exploration. Combining her interests in fine art and zoological field work, Jennifer has found her niche in the realm of scientific illustration. Her specialty lies in detailed representational drawings of natural subjects, with an affinity for all things bird-related. Her goal as an artist is to reintroduce the beauty of the natural world to those who spend the majority of their lives in urban areas, and to inspire them to explore the living landscape just outside our windows.