All My Life I Have Loved Nature and Art.

The result: that for years I have traveled and worked as a field biologist. This has become an integral part of my art work: seeing the wildlife, birds in particular, that I paint and draw.

I am living my dream as a field guide illustrator!

A sketch of a male Masked Trogon.

The basis of almost all my work is observation and field sketching, combined occasionally with museum specimens; in particular for the field guide plates that I paint.

My travels as a biologist and artist studying and painting birds have taken me from the Amazon to the Arctic and Antarctic. In 1995 I co-authored and illustrated A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America with Steve Howell.

I continue to work on field guides as a field guide illustrator, a few plates here and there for a  variety of neotropical bird guides and most recently I illustrated  forty species of marine mammal for a Field Guide to the Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast.

While working in the Antarctic and at sea on research vessels I started writing and illustrating children’s books. They are modified journals of projects I have worked on illustrated with pencil sketches and  watercolor and gouache paintings.

So Far I Have Completed Three:

Field sketching in Brazil.

  • My Season with Penguins:

    An Antarctic Journal about studying Adélie Penguins in the Antarctic, where I worked for 5 seasons.

  • Looking for Seabirds:

    Journal from an Alaskan Voyage, about studying seabirds in the Aleutian Islands Alaska.

  • Far from Shore:

    Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage, about studying  dolphins, seabirds and the ecosystem of the Eastern Tropical Pacific.


I love being on the ocean and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on numerous cruises either as a researcher or naturalist in the Central Pacific, Eastern Tropical Pacific, Atlantic, Antarctic, Aleutians, Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. I am  a director of Oikonos: Ecosystem Knowledge and  research associate of PRBO Conservation Science and a some time employee of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center.