Natural history art program development
Using a variety of traditional and novel natural history illustration practices, I create art and programming to impact environmental policy, educate students, facilitate art and science collaborations, and in public outreach.
This has included a partnership with organization The Summer Tree Institute to generate illustrations that convey the complexity of desert ecosystems and was successfully used to support a report challenging the destructive construction of utility scale solar projects, helping to build environmentally friendly regulations in San Bernardino County.
Working with the UCSC Norris Center for Natural History to develop arts and science programming, I help to create and implement art opportunities within the sciences at UC Santa Cruz and nearby communities. This involves building art/science curriculum, art residencies within the science department, as well as developing and offering a new course in natural history illustration. Outcomes from this work include multiple student art shows and sales, use of student art in science talks, multiple field guides, natural history themed artist workshops and events.
My illustrations have also been used for public outreach and education, including a published book on bee population decline, illustrations of biodiversity of the UC Natural Reserves, and illustrations to support women’s health and childbirth services.