ABOUT
I'm a visual communicator specializing in medical and scientific illustration, concept art/storyboarding, and animation.

As a Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI), I enjoy the process of understanding complex scientific concepts and translating them into compelling, accurate visuals that educate and inspire diverse audiences.

I believe the research and conceptualization stages are just as exciting as the end product, so I've included my thought process for each project in my portfolio.

Connect with me on LinkedIn | Full CV available upon request



Curriculum Vitae

WORK EXPERIENCE
2013-present | Art director, AXS Biomedical Animation Studio, Toronto
2009-present | Freelance medical illustrator, Toronto
2011-2013 | 3D medical animator, AXS Biomedical Animation Studio, Toronto
2010-2011 | Design editor, IMS Magazine, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
2007-2008 | Undergraduate research assistant, Lab of Dr. Bruce L. Tufts, Department of Biology, Queen’s University
QUALIFICATIONS
2014-present | Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI), The Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators
2009-2011 | Master of Science in Biomedical Communications (MScBMC), Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
2004-2008 | Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology with Distinction (BScH), Department of Biology, Queen's University
EVENTS
2013 | Exhibitor, The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience, 333 Montezuma Arts, Santa Fe, NM
A symposium exploring the role of images and animations in communicating scientific ideas, which showcased works from select medical illustrators and animators (March 29 – 30)
2012 | Exhibitor, In the Service of Science, UTAC Art Lounge, Toronto
An exhibit featuring work from the Biomedical Communications graduate program (October 23 – December 1)
2012 | Speaker, Techniques Showcase: A more painterly Photoshop, 67th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Toronto
A live demonstration of Photoshop rendering techniques used in medical illustration. Resources from my presentation can be found here.
2012 | Exhibitor, Satellite Salon, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and MaRS Centre, Toronto
An exhibit showcasing award-winning work by members of the Association of Medical Illustrators (July 7 – August 7)
2012 | Exhibitor, Spark! The Heart of Art & Science, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto
An interactive exhibit exploring the inspiration and curiosity linking art and science, which included a video installation focusing on 3D molecular and cellular animations. Perpetual Pain was shown as part of the video installation (March 3 – August 12)
2011 | Speaker, Vesalian Scholars Session: Perpetual pain, 66th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Baltimore, MD
A presentation on the process of creating a 3D animated film on the role of nerve growth factor in rheumatoid arthritic pain
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
2015 | People's Choice Award, First Place Biomedical Communications 70th Anniversary Gala Salon, Toronto
Awarded to Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease.
2012 | Award of Merit (Student Animation category), 67th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Toronto
Awarded to Perpetual Pain: the role of nerve growth factor in rheumatoid arthritic pain.
2011 | Wendy Kates Memorial Award, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto
Awarded to two graduates on the basis of academic achievement in the MScBMC Master's Research Project and/or Paper. View research page
2011 | Award of Merit (Student Instructional Color category), 66th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Baltimore, MD
Awarded to Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
2011 | Eila Hopper Ross Award, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto
Awarded to a BMC student who demonstrates excellence and professionalism as they pertain to: visual communication; team participation; leadership skills; and commitment to the profession
2011 | Vesalian Scholar, The Vesalius Trust, Association of Medical Illustrators
Awarded to the top applicants whose master's research projects show evidence of significant merit
2010-11 | Health Research Communications Award, Canadian Institute of Health Research
Awarded on the basis of excellence as a scholar, ability to communicate health science-based material, and commitment to pursuing a career in health research communications
2010-11 | Scholarship, Quebec Pain Research Network
Funding awarded for Master's Research Project
2010 | Award of Merit (Student Instructional Tonal category), 65th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Portland, OR
Awarded to Aortic valve replacement
2010 | Biomedical Communications Award of Excellence, University of Toronto
Awarded to Aortic valve replacement, for outstanding didactic qualities, scientific accuracy, and artistic excellence
2009-10 | Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario
Awarded on the basis of academic excellence
2008 | Medal in Biology, Department of Biology, Queen’s University
Awarded to the student graduating with the best academic record
2004-08 | Dean’s Honour list with Distinction, Queen’s University
Awarded to students whose academic performance in a given year places them in the top 3% of their program
SKILLS
  • Illustration / design
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • 3D / animation / interactive
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Unity 2D/3D asset development
  • Traditional
  • Graphite
  • Pen & ink
  • Watercolour
  • Working knowledge
  • Maxon Cinema 4D
  • Autodesk Mudbox