As one does when named after a tree, I have always had a passion for nature. Growing up, I was fascinated with biological systems and spent much of my time in our backyard digging up worms, catching garden snakes and raising butterflies. With both my parents being artists, I have been drawing as long as I can remember, and more often than not my subject was animals. This love of science and art lead to my attending the University of Georgia to pursue a BFA degree in Scientific Illustration, and also a BSES in Entomology. I enjoy depicting the natural world in a way that is accurately representational, but also concise enough to be a model of instruction. I have furthered my use of art as a means of education and interest in anatomy by pursuing a Master of Science in Medical Illustration at Augusta University and Certification in Comparative Medical Illustration at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. It is my goal to create impactful imagery that educates others and makes scientific ideas tangible and accessible to everyone.