I was exposed to scientific art in the same way that many people are- through the illustrations in educational children’s books. I spent countless hours getting lost in colorful and informative books (mostly about animals). I was exposed to even more examples throughout my school years. Natural history museums were another place in which I saw lots of educational art. The paintings, sculpture, and taxidermy there, in a sense, can breathe life back into the the dead. I remember many a time where I stood in awe surrounded by all sorts of creatures, big and small, extinct and extant. These experiences undoubtedly played a huge role in inspiring me as a child.
This inspiration persists into my adulthood. I study the natural sciences and fine arts in college (they’ve always been my biggest passions), so it’s no big surprise that I became interested the field of scientific art. I realized that all the artwork that helped me learn over the years had to be created by someone- and I imagined how great it would be if that someone was me. Even though I do not want to be a teacher, I know that I want to contribute to education. If I could someday mix my favorite disciplines together to do it, that would be the dream.