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Terra Dawson

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Class of 2014

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B.A. (American Studies) University of California, Santa Cruz


Terra Dawson is a Scientific Illustrator, currently based in Monterey, CA. She attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where she achieved her BA in American Studies and began delving into her passion for the natural world. The more time she spent in the redwoods near her university campus, the more inspiration she drew from them. After graduating with her BA she spent two more years working and exploring until one day she decided to revisit her old love, art. Terra spent a good portion of 2012 and 2013 developing her portfolio for the Scientific Illustration graduate program at CSUMB. To her great joy she was accepted and is currently completing her Graduate Certificate in Scientific Illustration. Her work has been exhibited at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Art of Nature exhibit and at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History for the Illustrating Nature exhibit. From June through September Terra will be in Cork, Ireland as an illustrator intern for the Coastal Marine Research Centre. And after that, who knows where you will find her...