Why draw or use illustrations?
1. Humans are born knowing how to draw. Our ability to draw actually goes back even further. Archaeological records indicate that drawing was the first visual representation method. As a result, drawings and illustrations capture our attention in a way photographs cannot.
2. Despite, or perhaps because of technological advances, drawing is still a key part of conducting and communicating science. A sketch enables you to do something a photograph cannot – you can highlight key features, combine elements, and depict fleeting or rare events. And, a sketchbook and pencil cannot run out of batteries, short circuit, or lose functionality because you forgot the proper cable.
3. Drawings are a powerful learning tool. Drawing compels us to slow down, to really see what we are looking at. It also offers time and physical interactions necessary for reflection and memory building.
One of my favorite parts of illustrating science, sustainability, and natural history is sharing it with others.
Whether that means illustrating a nature-related concept or story, collaborating with researchers or teaching observational sketching workshops, I love showing how science and art are inextricably linked.
- Food & Agriculture
- Science & Nature
- Artist-in-School Residencies
- Professional Development Trainings
- Workshops & private classes
A bit more detail…
My illustrations have been used for communicating about ecology, urban sustainability, sustainable food and agriculture, DIY food and gardening projects, hunting and gathering, and the people that do all these things.
My illustrations are used for editorial purposes (magazines, newspapers, and online), publicity and outreach, educational programs and materials, and scientific documents. Scroll to the bottom to view a list of some of my past clients or click here to see how my illustrations have enhanced clients’ projects.
In my current role, I am engaged with projects that combine fascination with the natural world and a deep appreciation for visual communication. I’m particularly excited about illustrating stories for children, editorial projects, artist-in-schools residencies, and collaborating with researchers interested in incorporating drawing into their research, teaching, and public communication efforts.
My style is elegant and simple – line work complemented by spot color that emphasizes the focus of a drawing. My illustrations convey vivacity, spontaneity, and the energy of the places and subjects they depict. This approach is consistent across media, whether I draw with pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, or digitally.
My commissioned and published illustrations have been used for:
- Articles (journals, magazines & newspapers)
- Business cards
- Children’s books
- Fine art (originals and limited edition prints)
- Greeting cards
- Posters (scientific and advertising/outreach)
- Promotional materials (postcards, mailers, media ads, etc.)
- Wedding invitations and related items
My illustrations have been used by:
- American Scientist
- Anglican Diocese of Quebec’s Green Ministries
- Bouma Post Yards
- Chatham University’s Faulk School of Sustainability
- Choteau Public Schools
- Choteau Soroptomists
- Ecological Society of America
- GROW Choteau
- Missoula Urban Demonstration Project
- Montana Arts Council’s State of the Arts
- Montana Manufacturing
- Musée de la Civilisation (Quebec)
- Neighbors Helping Neighbors
- New Mexico State University Press: illustrations for book about desert bighorn sheep
- Phipps Conservatory
- Private clients & collections
- Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph
- Teton County Courthouse Centennial Committee
- The Boone and Crockett Club
- The Nature Conservancy
- University of Montana, Boone & Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation
- University of Wyoming’s Berry Biodiversity Institute
- US Consulate (Quebec City, Canada)
- Watershed Education Network
- Western Confluence magazine
- Wilderness Institute, Wilderness & Civilization Program
- Wyoming Migration Initiative