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Solving Problems, Visually.

More than just a scientific illustrator, I’m a visual problem solver! I work with scientists, organizations, authors, and publishers to unveil the invisible, simplify the complex, and make science accessible.

Illustrated by Kelly

  • Viruses: Biology, Applications, and Control by David Harper, published by Garland Science (2011)
  • ECHOS Children’s Book Series (6 books), published by Frost Museum of Science (2011 – 2014)
    • A Garden for Iggy by the ECHOS team
    • Busy Beach Day by the ECHOS team
    • What’s Down the Block? by Krista Kaiser
    • Bye Bye Bubbles by Romina Pastorelli
    • Summer Splash by the ECHOS team
    • Why is this Rock Special? By Ted Meyers
  • Inspire Science Curriculum, published online by McGraw Hill Education
  • Making Modern Meals by Amy Trubek, published by UC Press (2017)

As Seen In…

  • Clever Girl Magazine
  • Elements Magazine
  • Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene
  • Journal of Archaeological Science
  • The Journal of Experimental Biology (cover art)
  • Mining Engineering
  • Rolling Stone

Select Clients

Beaver Valley Conservancy – Children’s Discovery Museum – Clean Air Council – Clean Oceans International – Frost Museum of Science – McGraw Hill Education – National Aquarium in Baltimore – The Nature Conservancy – The Paleontological Research Institution – Pearson Education – Salt Springs State Park – Santa Cruz Fungus Federation – Vermont Center for Ecostudies – UC Press – Yosemite National Park

Testimonials

“Kelly illustrated my book, Water Revealed: Stories from Water, which I will soon be publishing as an e-book.  Kelly was excellent to work with: she is organized, quick to respond to email communications, produces work that transmits information (crucial for scientific illustration) and work that is often beautiful. She was easy to work with when I asked for any redesign of draft illustrations, carefully listening and learning (and working independently to learn more) so she could create an accurate and communicative end product. We would also have fruitful discussions of the best possible approach to the illustration at hand.”

Dr. Paula Martin, author

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“Kelly played a large role in helping to create brand recognition for multiple entities. She is by far the most talented and reliable graphic designer and artist I have ever worked with. She routinely came to the rescue with last minute deadlines and assignments. Kelly is fantastic to work with. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a designer or illustrator.”

Meghan McFadyen, Marketing Director, Fruitridge Collective

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“Kelly was a Scientific Visualization Fellow with us when I was the Director of an institute inside Yosemite National Park. She is awesome. I was amazed by the range of people that she helped with scientific illustrations – from NPS staff, to University Professors, to students working on research projects. Her work is also incredibly versatile, from anatomically accurate illustrations of flora and fauna, to more interpretive illustrations that illustrate information better than a photo, to more creatively playful pieces of art. Kelly was a joy to have around and a pleasure to work with. We really missed her when she left!”

Dr. Eric Berlow, TED Fellow

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“I, and all involved in these efforts, have been more than pleased with the quality of Kelly’s work, and with her ability to capture the essence of new creatures in a new landscape. Others with better credentials than mine for criticizing art work have seconded this opinion on numerous occasions.”

Dr. Bill McLarney, Executive Director, ANAI

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“[Kelly] has created two water color images for me. Both images were accepted for publication without any request for change. More importantly, I have used her images in teaching workshops, giving talks and in giving professional presentations to my clients. My business focusses on using stable and radiogenic geochemistry, not something common to many of the people that I work with. Kelly’s ability to construct clear, well-designed and highly aesthetic images has helped me convey complex geochemical reactions and geochemical patterns with ease. In fact, people do remember the illustrations that she has made for me and I have had several conversations with people about her graphics. In fact, in the review of my latest paper in the journal Elements, a reviewer commented ‘and the very nice diagram illustrating the systematics of supergene processes in Fig. 2.’ Compliments are not common during the review process.”

Dr. Ryan Mathur, geologist and author

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“Just wanted to let you know that it was truly a pleasure working with you. I appreciated your ability to turn around work quickly and go with the (sometimes hectic) flow of the project. You were very accessible and responsive in communicating. I could count on you to get the job done. And the artwork fit the bill for a wide range of simulations. By the way, the publisher was especially complimentary about the beauty of the “Plant a Garden” simulation.”

Shannon Lavery, Product and Project Manager, EdTech