I grew up on Vancouver Island, where I developed a strong respect and appreciation for the dynamic and raw natural beauty of the west coast. I have been driven to protect the lives of animals around me since I was a little kid. I remember spending hours on trails during camping trips as a child, stopping every time I saw a slug on the path to pick it up and gently place in on the side so it would not be stepped on and killed by fellow hikers. That sense of care for all life has stayed with me and grown into a passion to do whatever I can to protect the environment and the diverse array of life it supports. I am currently working towards a bachelor of science degree with a double major in marine biology and environmental studies at the University of Victoria, and I am hoping to attain a career in marine conservation after I graduate. While in school, I am continuing to pursue my passion for painting on the side to combine my creativity and love for science into my everyday life. My paintings focus on animals in their natural environments, and I hope they inspire people to feel a sense of responsibility to preserve these habitats so these beautiful creatures have a chance at surviving well into the future.