Women in Science and the Arts

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 greats of natural history such as Ernst Haeckel, John James Audubon, and Pierre-Joseph Redouté captivated me and pushed me to develop my more contemporary stippling and etching style.

As my scientific art journey began to take shape in its early phases, I quite suddenly (and surprisingly) found myself diving into the world of tattooing. The level of detail and execution in scientific illustration that tattooists were able to achieve left me in awe and in wonder that maybe there was some more contemporary ways to combine art and science. It is my goal that eventually, through my art, I can create a foundation for future collaborative projects that bring awareness about our planet to people in a way that inspires them.

Scientific Illustrator . Biologist . Tattooist