Illustration

About

Enjoying a cup of coffee in Evora, Portugal.

Enjoying a cup of coffee in Evora, Portugal.

We were asked to bring 'specimens' to practice drawing...

We were asked to bring 'specimens' to practice drawing...

... and the other students all brought shells and butterflies.

... and the other students all brought shells and butterflies.

I am the science illustrator for the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, Virginia and I currently live in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


My Story

I was born outside Philadelphia and will forever harbor a love of cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. I spent my childhood covered in mud and was lucky enough to travel extensively across the Western US where I became infatuated with geology. My nascent desire to study human history was bolstered by an opportunity to visit Egypt in 1999. During those formative years I learned that the key to informing our present is a solid understanding of the past. I decided to become an archaeologist.

My academic journey began at Brown University where I studied Old World Archaeology and Art and Geological Sciences. While on an archaeological excavation in Greece, I befriended an emerging explorer named Katy. I discovered oceanography provided an opportunity to combine my interests in both geology and archaeology.

After Brown I spent a few years working as a marine researcher traveling the world on oceanographic expeditions. Eventually I dove into a Master’s degree at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. My subject of choice was Kolumbo - a small underwater volcano northeast of Santorini with stunning undulating cliffs of layered pumice.  

Although perfectly happy to spend hour after hour picking crystal grains under a microscope, I had been neglecting a very significant portion of my brain. After receiving my Masters at URI, I enrolled in the Science Illustration Program at California State University, Monterey Bay. The program was strongly focused on biology and I became engrossed in painting Australia animals. I graduated from the Science Illustration Program with carnitas in my belly and newfound skills in Photoshop. 

After leafing through EARTH Magazine at the AGI booth at an AGU Fall Meeting, I promptly offered my services to the managing editor. I've been working with her ever since. 

I moved to Minnesota in 2012 where I learned metal smithing and jewelry design. More recently, I've been writing narrative nonfiction children's books focusing on the geosciences and diversity.