Botanical Artist



Work Experience:

Lead artist in exhibit design and art element production -

Split Rock Studios     07/2002 to present

Responsible for creating museum/nature center/zoological exhibits from mural painting to 3-D animal sculpture. From brazing, welding, fiberglass work, mold making and casting, wiring, carpentry and other skills as needed. Designing and creating exhibit materials, illustrations, and murals that reflect scientific concepts, from anatomy to
zoology. Principles of physical chemistry, geologic processes, environmental science, ecological principles
are examples of subject material that is first interpreted and then created within a conceptual design followed with exhibit construction. Skills required include a solid foundation in science, followed by strong artistic skill for sculpting, illustrating, fabricating, and painting of murals.

Scientific Illustrator- Minnesota Zoological Gardens 2007-current and ongoing

Illustrated a series of graphic panels for the interpretation of Russia’s Grizzly Coast-permanent new exhibit opened 2008

Scientific Illustrator- Department of Natural Resources    2006 to 2007

Illustrated the images used by the DNR MinnAqua program. The curriculum guide is for educational institutions as a resource for information on Minnesota's fisheries, water resources, and recreation surrounding those subjects. The work involved over 200 illustrations, both black and white and full color, created as reflective traditional art, then scanned and placed in a digital format for printing. The images include technical scientific renderings of fish, plants, and other aquatic related species such as the eagle, amphibians and others, illustrations of environmental concepts, anatomy of fish, and other related figures. Some pieces rendered digitally, also. Project completed 2007.
Supervisor Katie Kipka and Jenifer  Matthees. This project won the National Association of Interpreter’s First place for curriculum, of which I received a trophy at the 2008 conference.

Scientific/Medical illustrator    1984 to 2000 Sole proprietor business

Worked for publishing houses of college textbooks, illustrating using both black and white and full-color mediums, including airbrush, and digital imagery. I have illustrated medical/surgical procedures for publishers and medical companies, and worked for publishers such as National Geographic and Scientific American to bring visual imagery to the general public
for the greater understanding of science.