I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. My dad picked up a hitch-hiker in my hometown Ottawa who turned out to be a brilliant artist and he gave me private classes from his home for most of my youth. The ride home on his motorcycle gave the sessions an extra allure. After completing an honors biology degree with a minor in Fine Arts, my artistic hemisphere was reinvigorated by a 2-year stint at the Carleton School of Architecture. I went on to a career as a biological illustrator, then publishing, then editing, then writing…you get the idea. I have been creating my own children’s books for the past 15 years, many of them about the natural world and the rich diversity of life on our planet.
As Senior Editor at Biodiversity, Journal of Life on Earth* and Executive Secretary of Biodiversity Conservancy International I am all too aware of our threatened wildlife and the degradation of their habitats. My own little oasis is a studio in the Himalayas of India where I create fine art, and edit, write and illustrate for book publishers all over the world, from China to Africa to North America. Recent projects include an illustrated series of picture books on climate change for Grade 3 readers and another series, Climate Crisis, written for high school students. I try to live with a carbon footprint as close to my shoe-size as possible.
*Biodiversity Journal is a quarterly peer-reviewed science journal published by Biodiversity Conservancy in partnership with Taylor & Francis Journals (UK).