For most of my life, dinosaurs have been my favorite subject for illustration, a skill I've been perfecting since the age of three,when I rolled out my first masterpiece: a rooster, which of course, current theories place in the lineage of the dinosauria.
Now, at 31, dinosaurs make up a significant proportion of my portfolio, and continue to proliferate in my artwork. What kids don't the 'terrible lizards' fascinate? It's just unfortunate that much of society sees this 'dinosaurophily' as a "phase" to be grown out of as we mature. Dinosaurs are members of a world wholly alien to us, and it is this fascination with the unexplored and unknown that led me to my current career path in science.
Currently (as of July 2005) I'm completing my PhD degree in microbiology at the University of Alberta. While my studies do not encompass dinosaurs per se (I study bacteria from the deep ocean and from salt springs), my biological background (BSc and MSc in ecology)is a useful resource that I draw on when bringing long extinct ecosystems back to life with the brush, pen and pencil.