"The world's big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark." - John Muir
Olivia is originally from the quaint, historic town of Sackets Harbor, New York on Lake Ontario. Growing up, she had an instinctive fascination with the natural world from exploring her own backyard to the iconic Adirondack Mountains. Her curiosities about animals and plants led her to pursue a major in biological sciences, and she graduated with a B.S. Honors from Union College in 2014.
From the time she was catching frogs and watching birds, Olivia was also drawing and painting. It wasn't until college that she began blending her two passions for biology and art, realizing that they truly go hand-in-hand. Olivia has a particular affinity for birds but illustrates all types of wildlife whenever she gets the chance. She now resides in the Bay Area and recently graduated with her Master's degree from San Jose State University where she conducted research on seabird ecology and conservation.
Olivia believes art is one of the most essential and powerful ways we learn about science, and she hopes to use art as a way to inspire others to appreciate the natural world, especially at a time when environmental awareness is needed more than ever.