selected illustrations

I've been a freelance scientific illustrator since 2010 (and at times have been employed in situations that allow for illustrations to be part of my work). My focus is on soil organisms and microscopic aspects of the natural world, and I love partnering with scientists to interpret their work to the public. 

lichens of the Florida panhandle


Self-directed study. Gouache and colored pencil on black paper.

DNA replication & transcription machinery collide


For Merrikh Lab, University of Washington. Gouache and paint marker on black illustration board.


I used saturn peaches as references for the proteins the dna strands are threaded through.


Life Cycle of a Myxomycete


For Stephenson Lab, University of Arkansas. Ink.


The first-ever illustration of Perichaena longipes

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Perichaena longipes is a species of slime mold, recently discovered in Panama by my friend, Laura Walker. Watercolor. 


This is how P. longipes looks through my microscope. I zoom in and out, focus, and re-focus to understand forms and textures.


This is how P. longipes looks with the naked eye. The blue stuff is putty for positioning specimens.


Mushroom trompe l'oeil


"Identifying Agrocybe praecox." Collection of Chase Studio. Watercolor, gouache, colored pencil and ink. 


tropical grasshopper


Commission. Black colored pencil on coquille board.


Post-Forest Fire Ecosystem, Glacier National Park

forest fire.jpg

For an artist residency at Glacier National Park. Ink and watercolor. 


Domestic Pests

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Self-directed study. Watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil.


Bigleaf Maple

For interpretive signs for the University of Washington. Ink.


Dragonfly genitalia

hamules and cerci

Magnified anatomy of a species of Costa Rican dragonfly, discovered by Dennis Paulson, PhD. Left: cerci; Right: hamules. Ink.