Andrea Dingeldein

Andrea Dingeldein specializes in visual depictions of the maritime environment. She illustrates everything from the flora and fauna of the ocean realm, to the vessels and lighthouses that have guided generations of humans towards scientific discovery. With watercolors and field notebook in hand, she sets out into California’s tide pools, redwood forests, and coastal prairies to document the wonders and oddities of the natural world. Back in the studio she transforms her field studies into polished science illustrations for researchers, parks, and local environmental organizations that fight to protect the ecosystems she knows and loves. In addition to working as a freelance artist, Andrea is an instructor for the Science Illustration Program at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). She teaches Field Sketching, Applied Techniques in Natural Science Illustration, and Applied Integration of Digital Media.

Website: http://www.thelocalnaturalist.com/
Instagram: @adingeldein

Ben Witzke

Ben Witzke is a scientific illustrator and naturalist recognized for his knowledge of California’s native amphibian and reptile species. Ben has worked to implement captive propagation research for native amphibian species at qualified institutions and is an active member of the CA/NV Amphibian Populations Task Force.

Website: https://www.bwitzke.com/ 
Facebook: @TheBewilderedBeast

Calene Luczo

Calene Luczo is a professional freelance marine science illustrator. Her undergraduate career in marine biology and art propelled her toward completing a Graduate Certificate in Science Illustration from CSU Monterey Bay in 2012. Since then, she has done projects for organizations locally and globally, including The Point Lobos Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, WIRED science, the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, the Bay Foundation, Carnegie Institute of Science, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, and the U.S. Navy. Her goal with her artwork is to create a window for people to better see and understand the natural history of coastal species and ecosystems with the hope of inspiring ocean conservation efforts.

Website: www.luczoart.com
Instagram: @luczoillustration

Claudia Stevens

Claudia’s first published drawings appeared in the 1990s in Rodale Press, Organic Gardening and Backpacker’s magazine. She was awarded the Creative Work Fund Grant and her original work has been prominently displayed at Stanford University Open Spaces, Filoli Estate, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Pacific Grove Art Center, and more. Through her ability to share her work with the public, in her publications and hands-on teaching, Claudia Stevens, shares and educational component to her work in unison with her classes. Currently, she is working on a series of polar marine phytoplankton which has recently been published in Natural History Magazine, Orion Magazine and Artist.

Website: https://cstevensstudios.com/

Elizabeth Romanini

Website: http://www.thenaturalline.com/
Instagram: @elizabethromanini

Erin E. Hunter

When Erin E. Hunter was nine, her great-great aunt Alice gave her a copy of the Reader’s Digest Guide to North American Wildlife. Fascinated by the detailed color illustrations of flowers, insects and animals, Erin read all 559 pages. Her first ventures into science and illustration started with that book, where she checked off the plants and wildlife of her own backyard and drew birds in the margins. Today, Erin is a trained science illustrator with a background in graphic design. She splits her work between fine art paintings depicting the natural world, and technical illustrations for an academic science journal (Annual Reviews). When she’s not painting or working at the computer, she can be found puttering in her garden or hiking in California’s coastal forests. Her dog-eared copy of the Reader’s Digest Guide to North American Wildlife sits prominently on her desk.

Website: www.eehunter.com
Instagram: @erinhunterart

Glenda Mahoney

Glenda Lee Mahoney is an Illustration Editor at Annual Reviews, a nonprofit scientific publisher located in Northern California. She also freelances and creates fine art out of her home studio near the coast in Half Moon Bay. She has a graduate certificate in scientific illustration from UC Santa Cruz, and has interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Her work has been published in Annual Reviews, Knowable Magazine, Science Advances, and the design book Visual Strategies. She was a finalist in the Vizzies, has had her art displayed on three continents, and is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She enjoys using illustration, collage, and infographics to educate the public about science and environmental conservation

Website: www. glendamahoney.com
Instagram: @glendamahoney_art

Hannah Caisse

When not working at a paleontology museum, dusting off fossils and enthusiastically teaching kids about the history of life, Hannah works to improve her techniques and skills in science illustration. She derives inspiration from native fauna, deep time, and even familiar backyard critters and plants. Infusing her drawings with her infectious admiration for the natural world, she always strives to cultivate wonder and engagement from her audience.

Website: www.hannahcaisse.com
Instagram: @synap_sida

Jade Case-Barnes

Jade Case-Barnes works in a variety of mediums, including pen & ink, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil. Since childhood, she has found beauty, inspiration, and solace in nature, and she has always focused her art on natural subjects like plants, animals, and landscapes. Jade discovered her passion for plants while getting her degree in landscape architecture at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. It was in college that she began painting an ongoing series of botanical illustrations depicting wildflowers native to California, and has been periodically adding to this collection ever since. Jade works locally as a landscape designer, focusing on native plant gardens, pollinator gardens, and ecological restoration. She runs and operates a small backyard nursery at her home in Soquel, where she grows and sells many of the native plants featured in her illustrations. Jade always finds time for her artwork, often during the Summer/Autumn months, when it’s too dry in California to do much else

Kaelin O’Hare

Kaelin O’Hare is an illustrator based in Santa Cruz, California. She graduated with a BA in
Illustration from Norwich University of the Arts, in the United Kingdom, in 2018. Her work
focuses on natural history, landscape, and outdoor exploration, with a particular interest in trees. She works at Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, where she illustrates interpretive panels and has designed a variety of interpretive media, including, most recently, a barn mural.

Website: www.kaelinohare.com
Instagram: @kaelinohare_illustration

Kathy Kleinsteiber

Kathy Kleinsteiber is a Northern California nature artist who left the Silicon Valley tech industry to follow her lifelong passion for creating art. She loves to explore nature and to create artwork based on what she sees along the trail. Kathy likes to portray the elements of nature that inspire her — whether they are animal, vegetable, or mineral. While art is for humans and generally depicts some aspect of the human condition, Kathy likes to remember that life on this Earth is not all about us. She wants to communicate that we are not alone in this world and that other species call this beautiful planet home. Kathy is a signature member of Artists for Conservation and is committed to making art that supports conservation. She will donate a generous portion of all art sales proceeds to charitable organizations that support conservation.

Website: kathykleinsteiber.com

Katie Rider

Katie Rider is a Bay Area native living in the Mountains above Santa Cruz.  Katie specializes in watercolor and focuses on representing the amazement found in the beauty of her surroundings.  She is motivated to create art from the worlds seen around her.  Katie’s most recent work springs from morning walks through the Monarch Sanctuary at Natural Bridges State Park. These creatures flickering from branch to branch competing for the ideal position to catch the sun’s rays moved Katie to seek a deeper understanding of the Monarch butterfly’s minute existence. The lush landscape of Santa Cruz, from the mountains to the shoreline, is overflowing with an endless stream of curiosities.  It is from this great spectacle of nature that she finds inspiration

Instagram: @pinkinkarts

Kevin Wiseman

Kevin Wiseman is a professional herpetologist and artist and grew up in the Bay Area. He worked as a scientific illustrator at the Essig Museum of Entomology at U.C. Berkeley, where he got his undergraduate degree in Integrative Biology with the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. He worked for many years at the Department of Herpetology at the California Academy of Sciences where he is currently a Field Associate. Mr. Wiseman has spent over 20 years conducting research on Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (Rana boylii), California Kingsnakes (Lampropeltis getula californiae), and Sierra Gartersnakes (Thamnophis couchii). Mr. Wiseman leads a 4-day field workshop, Reptiles and Amphibians of the Sierra Nevada, at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus for SF State University.

Website: kevinwisemanart.com
Instagram: @wiseman_art

Krista Anandakuttan

Find Krista on cliff edges, in museum vaults, classrooms and jungles… a science illustrator and university STEM librarian, exploring and living in the Bay Area. 

Website: http://illustratescience.com

Kylie Smith

My curiosity for the natural world was stoked by an immersive field course in college during which I observed, sketched, and studied the diverse ecosystems throughout California. I discovered that I learn best when dirt, sand, and rock are beneath my feet. This course fueled my desire to become a lifelong student of natural history, and to use my art as a tool for sharing information about the natural world with others. In my quest for knowledge, I’ve worked as a field tech helping to protect California Condors, led hundreds of students and adults in experiential learning on land and water, and taught others about how to use field sketching as a tool for learning and connecting with nature. Through these various positions as a science communicator and educator, I’ve seen how valuable a personal connection to nature is for people in an ever-disconnected world. I aim to create art that can help nature be more accessible and help to foster a connection between people and the world around us.

Website: www.kyliekathleenart.com
Instagram: @kylie.kathleen.illustrations

Laurel Teague

I am a naturalist, artist, and science communicator based in Santa Cruz, California.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved both creating and being in the sunshine.
Inspired by the natural world, I graduated with a BS in Earth Sciences and a BA in
Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I am fueled by a desire to make science more accessible and to inspire wonder and a sense of stewardship for the world around us. I aspire to blend my passions for science and art as a visual science communicator. I believe visual communication is an opportunity to engage communities who may not engage with traditional scientific literature and help make these complex topics more understandable. Plus, who knows- perhaps the countless hours spent in the lab crushing bivalve shells into powder by hand was really training my hand precision all along!

Website: www.laurelteague.com
Instagram: @laurelteastudios

Lora Roame

Lora Roame is a wildlife biologist and artist living and working in the Bay Area. Born and raised in Southern California, she draws much of her inspiration from her time spent exploring the oceans and deserts near her home. She uses watercolor and graphite to create detailed illustrations of native California wildlife. Ms. Roame’s passion for the conservation of our local wildlife and wild spaces is reflected in both her art, her career as a biologist, and her volunteer work in her community. One of her favorite accomplishments is volunteering with community science groups like the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, not only helping in the collection of data on migratory raptors in the Marin Headlands, but also in creating artwork and illustrations for their publications and training manuals. She hopes her work inspires others to discover and get curious about their local wildlife.

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoraRoameArt
Instagram and Twitter: @loraroameart

Maria Cecelia Freeman

Maria Cecilia Freeman gardens, paints and teaches in Aptos, California. Her work includes scientific illustration and botanically accurate fine art, often merging the two in graphite and watercolor studies. She likes to create art that will serve the goals of education and conservation. She takes a special interest in portraying native plant species with a view to their preservation. Also, she particularly loves drawing and painting heritage and species roses. Her work has appeared in solo and juried exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. She is a Filoli Florilegium artist and has contributed to the Alcatraz and Mt. Tamalpais Florilegia as well. She is a member of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

Website: http://www.mcf-art.com

Meegan Painter

With formal training in a wide variety of media, Meegan’s current work focuses primarily on honoring the fine details of the world and depicting the relationships between organisms in a wide variety of ecosystems. Her great passion is bringing people back to connection with the natural world through artistic experiences. She also volunteers for Resource Management at Pinnacles National Park, where she continues her training as an amateur naturalist. Meegan spends most of her free time exploring the vast collection of ecosystems we call California. 

Instagram: @seven_ravens_studio
Website: https://www.sevenravensstudio.com/

Melissa Robbins-Eugene

Hi there, thank you for viewing my art! My name is Melissa Robbins-Eugene and I’m a visual
artist. Born and raised in Monterey County, I’m inspired by the beauty and functionality of
nature, especially fungi. I first started painting mushrooms because I’m a huge fantasy buff and loved the whimsical aspect of them. As I looked up various mushrooms for reference, I learned more about them, and I became more interested in identification and foraging. As I’ve collected specimens, I’ve “preserved” them through my art, noting characteristics such as appearance and growth patterns. It is my hope to inspire and educate others, as well as demystify thestigma around wild mushrooms so that everyone may enjoy their benefits! 

Instagram: @ArtByMycoMelissa

Molly Brown

Molly Brown is a wildlife printmaker living and working in Santa Cruz, California. 

Website: https://www.mollybrownart.com
Instagram: @pots_n_things

Nicole Kit

Nicole is a freelance wildlife illustrator and one of the Co-founders of Wildlife Illustrations Hong Kong. Through her university years that focused on science and ecology, she comes to understand that art and education are essential for nature conservation. Currently, she is studying science illustrations at California State University, Monterey Bay to master the skills to become a professional science illustrator. The artist mainly uses watercolor, pen and ink, and digital media to create stylish and educational illustrations of wildlife and nature, with a special focus on amphibians, marine animals, and birds. She also designs aesthetically pleasing infographics and interpretive panels to communicate knowledge. Nicole’s work strives to inspire the public to learn more about nature, appreciate biodiversity and support the cause of conservation.

Instagram/Facebook: @nicolekx/@wildlifeillustrations.hk

Patricia Larenas

Patricia Larenas has a special interest the iconic trees of the San Francisco Bay Area, especially the native species. Her tree portraits of individual trees, are intended to bring attention to their profound beauty and their critical role in our global ecosystem. She believes that the health of our trees is a reflection of the health of our planet, and currently both are in crisis. Patricia is currently Artist in Residence with Canopy, a non-profit dedicated to growing the urban forest in the Bay Area (www.canopy.org). She studied in the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program in Woodside CA, and is an exhibiting member of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists. She received her B.A. degree in Studio Art from San Jose State University. Patricia was born in Chile and currently lives in Mountain View with her husband and a menagerie of trees.

Website: www.plarenasonpaper.com
Instagram: @plarenas_onpaper

Peggy Edwards

is a freelance botanical & natural science illustrator and owner of Sierra Nature Prints. Having earned a B.S. at The University of California, Berkeley and a graduate degree in Natural Science Illustration at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she now spends her time teaching, writing and illustrating for various clients and publications in California and Scotland.

Website: https://www.sierranatureprints.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sierranatureprints/
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SierraNaturePrints/

Pilar Gagliasso Barnes

I am a self taught artist who loves to experiment with various art mediums. In 2016, I began painting with wine. Yes, with WINE! While living in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, I fell in love with wine. Since moving back to my home in the East Bay; I began tasting, saving, aging, and experimenting with different wine varietals for the sake of creating art. I find inspiration in the various color hues that each wine creates, botanical studies, and vineyard landscapes. Most recently, I’ve has held wine painting classes in Tracy, Murphys, and showcases in Murphys and San Francisco, CA. Over the last year, I’ve combined my love of drawing with ink pens and painting with wine and beer to create a new style.

Instagram: @pilargagliasso_wineart

Rebecca Botelho

Shortly before my 30th birthday, I became seriously ill, leading to permanent disability. While undergoing treatment, I began teaching myself to paint. Today, I am a botanical artist, working primarily in watercolors. I bring my training as a scientist to my painting, always trying to tell a story about the botanical subject’s natural life cycle and growth, and the place of that particular plant or animal in a large ecological context. I live in California with my husband, 3 cats and a dog.

Sami Chang

Samantha (Sami) Chang is a proud East Bay Area Native. Growing up, she explored her jungle of a backyard, sketchbook and pens always in hand, and drew everything she saw. Though art was one of her first loves, she became passionate about marine sciences when she was 12 years old. This passion drove her to pursuing a Marine Science degree from California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and allowed her to focus her studies on a large range of marine organisms, from the Humpback whales that visit the bay during the summer months to feed on schools of sardines to the black abalone that hide deep within the rocky crevices of the intertidal to avoid being eaten by sea otters. Combining her love of art and science, she went on to gain her graduate certification in Science Illustration at CSUMB in hopes of educating large audiences on various marine organisms and ecological processes as well as how they are impacted by human interactions.

Website: https://www.schangstudios.com/

Sondra Cohelan

My illustrations have been exhibited locally and nationally and are in both public and private collections throughout the United States. I enjoy the process and challenges that are demanded when creating realistically accurate images. My biggest joy is sharing my illustration knowledge with others In creating the illustration “House Finch Nest” I mixed mediums (Ink pen & color pencil) giving a different illusion of contrast to the subject, it’s something that I hadn’t done before and it seems to work well.

Contact: sondracohelan@yahoo.com

Sophie Wood Brinker

Sophie (she/her) is an Illustrator who concentrates on appreciation of the small + care of human and non-human neighbors. She grew up in Santa Cruz, California, on Awaswas-speaking Uypi land, where she found endless inspiration in the flora and fauna of the central coast. Sophie has a BA in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College, a Certificate in Graphic Design from UC Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Science Illustration Graduate program at Monterey State University. Through watercolor, pencil, and ink, Sophie communicates the brilliance and intricacy of the ecosystems that surround us. She currently lives in Tomales, California, on Coast Miwok land.

Website: www.sophiewoodbrinker.com
Instagram: @sophiewoodbrinker

Stephanie Martin

Stephanie Zeiler Martin is a printmaker and painter living along the California coast. Plants and birds are persistent images, and her work pays homage to their diversity and fascinating design. Stephanie studied natural history as an undergraduate, and after a long career in education began taking art classes. She draws plants and birds in botanical gardens, natural history museums and in the wild, and then winnows her sketchbook images, transforming the most arresting ones onto the printing matrix –a copper plate- using traditional etching techniques. Her work is known for its fine aquatint technique, the mercurial process in which tonal areas are added to the image by etching fine textures into the plate. A member of the California Society of Printmakers, Stephanie has exhibited primarily in California, from Point Reyes to Yosemite to San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her etchings are in private collections around the world, as well as Stanford Medical Center and the Library of Congress, and can also be found in galleries in Carmel, Pescadero, Minneapolis, and Yosemite National Park (The Ansel Adams Gallery).

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/stephaniemartinart/
Instagram: @stephaniemartinart

Vance Lawry

Vance Lawry, artist, biologist, and retired medical technologist, resides on Russian Hill  in San Francisco. He utilizes a variety of media and styles in creating his artworks, but as a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, he does mostly realistic renderings of plants and animals using watercolors. Vance is always open to meeting  other artists and marine biologists in the area.

Vincent Waring

Vincent Waring is an artist and craftsman based on the Central Coast of CA. He is interested in the ecology of wild and intentional spaces, which he often explores through imagery reflecting parts of the whole. He utilizes a variety of mediums, including printmaking, painting, and drawing. In the midst of making art, he also spends his days working with textiles, wood, and plants.

Website: www.vinwaring.com
Instagram: @vinwaring