My passion is collaborating with working scientists and nonprofits to enhance public science literacy and peer-oriented communication.
I am driven by how we can blend word craft and images to communicate about important, and not always glamorous, conservation developments and issues.
After all, humans think in images.
Our brains understand images faster and remember them longer than words. Thus, images are essential for connecting people to science and sustainability issues and solutions.
To do this, I do the following work:
- I create quirky-yet-elegant illustrations and vivid photographs that capture people’s attention.
- I also teach and coach others interested in learning to draw and incorporate images into their research, teaching, and public outreach efforts.
Ultimately, my motives are to use compelling images to:
- increase collaboration
- improve scientific literacy
- and encourage positive action among ordinary citizens, policy makers, and scientists
I am an award-winning artist/communicator fascinated with science and sustainability. I focus on illustrations that demystify how ecosystems work and editorial projects that connect our everyday lives to the natural world. And, I am passionate about teaching researchers, teachers, and the public how to incorporate drawing into work and lifestyle.
Along with teaching sketching workshops and classes, my create images and text that communicate about the natural world, food, and sustainability. Here’s a great example of the type of project I love.
My award-winning work can be seen in numerous publications, including a college-level writing textbook I co-authored and magazines such as American Scientist, BC Nature, Camas, Fair Chase, Montana Outdoors, and Western Confluence. I embrace visual communication projects such as doing photography for Parks Canada or leading sketching workshops for scientists at Harvard Forest, Ecological Society of America annual meetings, and the University of Wyoming’s Science Initiative Summer Teaching Institute. Click here for my detailed bio and portfolio/CV.
Contact me to discuss how to incorporate artful communication into your next project or teaching initiative. Or, connect with me online. Just look for @CommNatural on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Google+.