Latest Project: Whales!

Hocker hawaii whales I've been working on text and illustrations for a new children's picture book about humpback whales–and not doing much nature drawing–so I thought I'd post an image from the book. My illustration pace has been glacially slow, but I'm hoping the book will be printed by the end of the year… or at the very least by next spring, in time for the whales' return to our Southeast Alaskan waters…


I’m a science illustrator by training (1997, University of California, Santa Cruz Science Communication graduate program, which is now part of California State University, Monterey Bay), and although I’ve found that my inclinations lie more at the observing, sketching, and teaching end of the spectrum, I do still enjoy creating more “polished” works. Here are a few examples.

AK folk fest poster 09
The 2009 Alaska Folk Festival poster: Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius), Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), Townsend’s Warbler (Dendroica townsendi), Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis), and Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)

Hocker catskull

Cat skull morphology and skull relationship to face (Felis domesticus), colored pencil and acrylic on drafting film.


American Dipper fledglings (Cinclus mexicanus), water-soluble pastels.


Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)