DRAWING + PAINTING
Gillian’s detailed drawings and watercolors bring together her love of creating art with her passion for natural science.
Gillian makes her home between Bloomington and Nashville, IN, where she is a habitual hiker and leader of nature walks in the area’s forested hills and hollows. She is an Indiana Master Naturalist, and her notecards feature her illustrations of Indiana flora and fauna. She was artist-in-residence at T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Brown County, Indiana in 2014 and at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 2016.
Since her first job as a natural science illustrator—contributing to a multi-volume animal encyclopedia—Gillian has illustrated two garden books, one of which she co-wrote, and has been part of a number of international juried botanical and natural science art exhibits. She has also done illustrations for the Smithsonian National Zoo, and her work has appeared in botanical gardens throughout the U.S.
Gillian takes great pleasure in the exchange between her art and natural history interests: while her naturalist’s knowledge informs her work, the act of drawing or painting a plant, animal, or other subject leads her to know it more deeply than mere observation ever could.