Profile for Jessica French

I am a freelance science illustrator currently living in upstate NY, working as the Bartels science illustrator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

I grew up in Michigan, fascinated by the environments and living things that surrounded me. From the start, I loved to recreate animals on paper (as a kid, drawing and redrawing scenes from The Lion King dozens of times), but it took a while until I approached nature in a scientific way.

In college, I took a field course in bird biology. I learned to name and differentiate over one hundred creatures I hadn’t previously known existed, or else completely overlooked. Suddenly I was privy to a world of colorful characters and interesting stories. I wanted others to know and, more importantly, to care about these players that made up nature. With my art, I aim tell these stories and open doors to discovery.

I have a BA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan and a graduate certificate in Science Illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay.

Member since June 2019

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