I am California raised hailing from a small farming town on the central coast called Pescadero. At an early age, I formed a deep bond with the blue-grey waters of the Pacific Ocean, frequenting tide pools and learning about the creatures that inhabited them through a lens of wild-eyed wonder that belongs only to a child. Memories of beached kelp and migrating whales left a strong imprint that pushed me to pursue a path in biology with a focus in marine conservation.
Throughout my STEM career, I began to become increasingly enthralled with scientific depictions of flora and fauna, particularly invertebrates. Works by the early pioneers of natural history, such as Ernst Haeckel and Margaret Mee, captivated me and pushed me to develop my more contemporary stippling and etching style.