I have always had a passion for both science and art, but only discovered a field involving both interests in the last year of my Bachelor of Science degree—scientific illustration. As someone who drew diagrams of animals as a child, made a life-size Utahraptor costume and draws comics in their science notes to study, I could not think of a better career path for myself. I am currently refining my observational art skills and building a portfolio in preparation to apply for a master’s program in that field.
My Replica represents how nature eventually reclaims all things. It was made to look like abandoned cast iron, rusting from the rain and becoming a habitat for a new life. I was inspired by the beauty of Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park, a place where I feel most connected to nature; the moss and lichens on my Replica are a symbol of this connection.