Jennifer is an artist & illustrator based in Berkeley, California. She spent her early years getting covered in graphite, paint, and clay. It wasn't until college that she became enamored with the natural world as well. Hands stained by art supplies quickly became hands crusted in dirt and hardened by exploration. Combining her interests in fine art and zoological field work, she found her niche in the realm of scientific illustration. Her specialty lies in detailed representational works of natural subjects, with an affinity for all things bird-related. Her goal as an artist is to reintroduce the beauty of the natural world to those who spend the majority of their lives in urban areas, and to inspire them to explore the wonder just outside their windows.
Jennifer creates works in a variety of media including acrylic, watercolor, gouache, graphite, ink, and even wood burning, but all her pieces share the common thread of nature’s beauty. She has participated in dozens of art fairs & festivals including but not limited to: Seattle Audubon Bird & Nature Art Fair, Galt Winter Bird Festival, Alki Art Fair, Tukwila Backyard Wildlife Festival, Mountain View a la Carte & Art, Issaquah Salmon Days, and more.
Sherrie has been painting waterfowl since 1982 and has participated in the PFDA festival since 1983. Although she has had her waterfowl images selected for about 35 state duck stamps, the highlight for her was the Ross’ Goose which was selected by a Board of Judges for the 2006-07 Federal Duck Stamp.
“I look at my paintings as windows of the world, which transports you somewhere else you would rather be and allows you to connect with the wildlife you love.” Steele resides in Yreka, California in an area that provides unlimited access to observing and painting wildlife. He enjoys participating in the annual Audubon bird count in Shasta Valley every year as well as an occasional hunting trip. His paintings can be found in galleries and private collections across the United States. Follow him on Facebook.
“Growing up, I took snapshots with my old Kodak Brownie camera. In 1969 I bought my first real camera. I had a cousin that was stationed in Guam and was rotating home. Paul picked me up a Pentax Spotmatic 35mm camera, with a 50mm and a 135mm lens. I took various classes in photography over the years but the cost of film and developing reduced my picture taking and eventually my camera was put into the closet.
In 2003 I bought my first digital camera, a Canon G5. With this camera my interest and love of photography began to flourish again. When I retired in 2006, I decided that it was time to step up to a digital SLR camera, a Canon 30D.
Since then, I decided that to be the best photographer that I can, I needed to go back to the basics and I went to Delta College and took all of their film and digital classes. After I exhausted Delta’s photography classes, I took several digital classes at Consumes River College. Along with my college work, I have taken many workshops from professional photographers. I am also a member of the Stockton Camera Club and the San Joaquin Valley Council of Camera Clubs. I have learned much from them.
I am constantly striving to become a better photographer. Each photograph offers its own unique challenge, to be used as a learning opportunity. I have found that one of the secrets to better photography is not to listen to your friends and family but to get an unbiased critic and to learn what you did right and what you could have done to make it better.