Artist Statement

I see art as a conversation, and strive to create visual narratives that connect or generate ideas. I enjoy bringing words and thoughts to life, with the goal of facilitating learning and understanding. ​I'm especially interested in the natural world and science education for all ages.

For a long time, I struggled with the choice between a science career

and an art career. I reconnected with my creative side towards the

end of my PhD, and I'm now thrilled to be able to combine my passions by pursuing art in the service of science. I am especially interested in developing illustrations for education and outreach.

In many of my pieces, I explore the diversity of the natural world and 

the organization of spaces and things, inspired by my scientific work

on object recognition in the brain. 



Certificate, Natural Science Illustration

University of Washington (2019)

PhD, Neuroscience

University of Washington (2017)

BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2010)

BA, Ancient Studies

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2010)


Science Communication Fellow, Pacific Science Center, Seattle WA (2012-2017)

Studio art lessons

Ksenya Litvak, Artichoke Art Studio


NHI101x: Natural History Illustration (completed 2018)

Group Exhibits

*Miniature Masterpieces, Tsuga Fine Art (juried exhibit)

Bothell, WA (Nov 2019-Jan 2020)

*First Place awarded for Heartsease

THE BUG SHOW, Plank Studios

Seattle, WA (Nov-Dec 2019)

Efflorescence, UW Natural Science Illustration Program Cohort Exhibit

@ Plank Studios, Lowercase Brewing,

Los Pajaros Studio, UW Allen Library

Seattle, WA/Redmond, WA

(June-Oct 2019)

Art Neureau, Fremont Abbey

Seattle, WA (June 2019)

Art Neureau, Fremont Abbey

Seattle, WA (2013)

Annual student exhibit

Artichoke Art Studio

Gaithersburg, MD (2002-2006)



Traditional media:

Specializing in:

watercolor, oils, mixed media

Additional media:

graphite, scratchboard, inks, acrylic

Digital media:

Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator)


Sketchbook Pro

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