Nora Sherwood

Nora Sherwood is fresh face to natural science illustration, joining the field as a mid-life career changer. She graduated from the University of Washington’s Natural Science Illustration program in Spring 2014, where she was voted the “most improved illustrator” by her classmates. She spent most of her career in the high-tech field of geographic information systems and is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP), She sees science Illustration and GIS as different sides of the same coin: they both portray abstractions of reality, with the same end goal of better understanding our world.

Nora has shown her work in various group shows in the Seattle area with her certificate classmates, including at the Burke Museum of Natural History. She is currently working on pieces inspired by the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, just a few miles south from where she currently lives in Lincoln City, OR. Her work has been published in the IUCN’s Suiform Soundings and in the juried UW Stratus 2014 Journal of Arts & Writing. She is currently serving as president of GNSI Oregon, and is also a member of the Oregon Botanical Artists and the GIS Certification Institute.

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