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In case you aren’t familiar with my work, I’m a huge nerd when it comes to sea life. If you get me in the right mood, I’ll rattle off about cetacean social structures, the invertebrates of the White Sea, or rare recently discovered sharks for much longer than most people can handle!
I thought for most of my young-person years that I had a future in marine biology, so I’d sit around drawing aquatic beasties, real and imagined, all day. Today this still manifests as a “watery” feeling in many of my pieces – plenty of art directors and peers have said as much.

So it’s always refreshing, creatively, to revisit my favorite subject – which is what my internet friend Jenshin prompted when she commissioned me for two little paintings!

A trio of chambered nautilus! They don’t school in real life, but don’t tell any scientists you know. Shhh.

A pair of coelacanths, the famous “living fossil” fish, hangin’ out in deep water off Madagascar!

Coelacanths (pronounce SEE-la-kanth) were one of my first marine bio loves: I just adore their surly so-ugly-they’re-cute faces, and the story of their rediscovery is one of the greats in the history of zoology.

At around 8 years old, I found an old tattered copy of a book on sea creatures hidden in a box of books under my mom’s bed. Afterwards, it was my mission to steal into the room early in the morning to copy all the information it had on them. My nerdery further revealed itself in multiple reports and coelacanth shoebox dioramas throughout grade school, several years in a row, while all the other girls were doing projects on horsies and kittens. Yeaaah. 🙂