When people ask me what I do, I often reply I have one foot in art the other in biology. I think that sums up my dual career pretty well. I was born and raised in Costa Rica. So I had the fortune of having my first contact with nature at the exuberant tropical ecosystems. My enthusiasm for wildlife began at an early age with a large focus on reptiles, but in time my interest expanded to other groups of organisms and everything related to their natural history and conservation. This is what eventually led me to do my studies in biology and natural sciences. My path in arts has been pretty intertwined with my zeal for nature. Have you seen those kids drawing obsessively the things that fascinate them? Well that was me...with little change since. I am still filling up nature journals page after page; sketching herons, caimans and dinosaur bones. Didn't have formal studies in art, but it doesn't mean I am not learning and practicing constantly. In the field of art I have worked as scientific illustrator, cartoonist and even as a 2D animator at the talented animation house Martestudio.
During my adult life I have shared my passion for the natural world as a speaker, environmental educator, artist, writer and naturalist guide. I had the privilege to work with different organizations, like the Organization for Tropical Studies or the Sierra Institute (formally part of the Humboldt State University). I currently live in Washington State, my adoptive bioregion, but I periodically travel back to the tropics involved in courses like trainings for Biomimicry 3.8 in Costa Rica and more recently as a Wildlife & Conservation trip leader for National Geographic Student Expeditions in Ecuador and the Galapagos, Australia and Brazil.