Tamara Clark brings a range of experiences, skills and knowledge to her work as an illustrator, the scope of which has focused her vision on the importance of scientific and artistic collaboration in raising awareness about the issues facing the natural world.

Tamara received a B.A. in Biology from Goucher College in 1994 and an M.S. in Forest Ecology from the University of Maine in 1996. During her final summer in graduate school, she took a break from thesis writing to participate in a science illustration workshop at Eagle Hill Research Station, where she discovered how she could combine her interest in science and research with her skill and passion for art. From there she moved to Washington, DC where she was trained in traditional fish illustration at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. She would continue to produce illustrations for the Smithsonian over many years, both at the museum and from a distance. After DC she settled in Woods Hole, MA where she produced images for scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory as well as the Smithsonian, Oceans Alliance, Harvard University Press, the Encyclopedia of Life among many other institutions and non-profits.  During this time Tamara was involved in education, produced her own line of cards and prints from her watercolors, exhibited her work in markets and galleries and was active in the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. While she was president of the New England chapter of the GNSI, she particularly enjoyed curating an exhibit (Darwin to Digital) which highlighted members’ works alongside those of historical science illustrations. She was also honored to create a visual presentation for TEDx Woods Hole which illuminated mirroring patterns in nature at various scales- a theme she is exploring in her current work.

Tamara currently lives in beautiful Hampshire, England where she continues to freelance for a range of clients and produce images of local wildlife. She is also expanding her work through her involvement with the Winchester Cathedral Scribes, the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and various local creative groups. She hopes each project she pursues will bring art and science together in ways that educate, inspire and communicate concepts which might otherwise remain hidden.


Training in science illustration: Smithsonian Institution, NMNH, Washington, DC
Training in calligraphy and illuminated letters: Winchester Cathedral
M.S. in Forest Ecology, University of Maine, Orono, ME, US
B.S. in Biology: Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, US
Continuing education through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Winchester Cathedral Scribes, South Hampshire Calligraphers, The Prince's School of Tradional Arts, London

Illustration & Design

1996- present: Freelance Science Illustrator: Production of illustrations and design for books, journals, websites and institutions. Recent clients include the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Southampton.
For a complete list, go to clients

2004- 2010: Web Design and Maintenance, Informatics and Design
BioCurrents Research Center, MBL, Woods Hole, MA, US. Tasks included creation and maintenance of BRC website; production of illustrations of cellular dynamics for presentations and journals; graphic design projects for outreach; and organizing a database of proteins which links to pharmacological compounds

1999- Present: Production of prints and greeting cards from original watercolors of species from around the world. Production, printing, packaging, and presentation
• Cards and prints are sold shops and museums on Cape Cod, MA and in Wichester UK, through the web and at art markets. Go to shop page
• 2002: Holiday Card design used by Smithsonian’s Insect Zoo, Washington, DC
• 2000: Holiday Card design used by Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

Presentations & Teaching

2010: Reflecting Patterns in Nature, TEDx Woods Hole:  Creation of visual presenation showing reflecting motifs in nature, compared at various scales and in combination with contemporary music from Bora Yoon. “TED: Technology, Entertainment and Design: a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary event presented by some of the most incisive and creative minds...” (tedxwoodshole.org)
2010: Introduction to Science Illustration
for Semester at Sea Program, Course (co-taught), 3 wks, ages 18-21
2010: Introduction to Science Illustration at the Falmouth Art Center, Course, 4 wks, ages 9-99
2008: Round table discussion on business and creative aspects of Science Illustration, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators- New England (GNSI-NE), Annual Exhibit
2008: The Encyclopedia of Life, A Digital Page for Every Species on the Planet: Illustrating Biodiversity: Presentation, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) Annual Meeting, Ithaca, NY
2002: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator: Workshop,  GNSI Annual Meeting, Lawrence, Kansas,
1997: Introduction to Science Illustration, Course (co-taught), Tufts University, Boston, Mass., 12 wks
1994: Naturalist, Queens College Environmental Education Center, NY


2009: Natural Science Illustration: Darwin to Digital, Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA
Curation of an exhibit featuring juried works by 21 members of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, contrasted with historical images from the MBL/WHOI Library Rare Book Room and student work. Workshops and lectures were also offered and ranged from the History of Science Illustration to Experiences of a Modern Illustrator of US Postage stamps. (http://tamaraclark.com/gnsine/highfield.html). Exhibit listed as “Best Bet” in Cape Cod Times

Summer 2009 and 2010: Curation of the Woods Hole Summer Art Show, including gathering artists and their works, coordinating volunteers, advertising, labels, scheduling and facilitating sales.

Web Design
www.biocurrents.org - BioCurrents Research Center, MBL: Design and maintenance through 2010
www.ecosystems.mbl.edu/ses/ - Semester in Environmental Science, Marine Biological Laboratory
www.gnsi-ne.org - Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, New England Chapter through 2010
1997: Research Technician
: Ecosystem Center, Marine Biological Lab, Woods Hole, MA
1994-1996: Research Assistant: University of Maine, Orono and Holt Research Forest (LTER)
1991-1993: Field Assistant, Great Gull Island Project: Long term research of Common Tern colony through the American Museum of Natural History, NY


2012- ongoing: Scribe, Winchester Cathedral. Activities include interacting with visitors at Scribes Desk, expanding techniques in calligraphy and illuminated letters, contributing to card designs and  helping with children’s workshops
2008-2010:  President, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, New England, a professional Chapter of the international GNSI with over 60 members throughout New England. Presidential duties include planning and directing monthly meetings, organizing guest speakers and workshops and coordinating member activities and exhibits. “The GNSI-NE encourages and supports Scientific Illustrators through networking, technique workshops and public education.”
2008-2010:  Webmaster, GNSI-NE. Creation and maintenance of GNSI-NE website (www.gnsi-ne.org)
2007-2010:  Postcard/ poster creation for advertising of  GNSI-NE annual exhibits
2006: Lead Muralist, Design and Creation of Nature Cubby Murals for the Falmouth Science Playground
2002-2009: Member and volunteer, Handworks Cooperative Gallery, Woods Hole, MA
Ongoing: Participation in dance events which raise money for various charities (human trafficking , cancer research, support for military families, among others)

Over 15 years of experience using traditional and digital illustration techniques in line, tone and color. Projects range from scientifically accurate renderings of newly described species to graphic design to murals of habitats and ecosystems. Specializing in realistic renderings of creatures and their habitats, and illustrating concepts which can be difficult to describe with words or photographs.

Traditional: graphite, pen and ink, scratchboard, carbon dust, watercolor, colored pencil, oil, acrylic, calligraphy, illuminated letters
Digital: Software: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, GoLive, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Flash.  Proficient with scanning, image formatting, page layout, illustration, graphic design, logo design and web design. Comfortable with pre-press and publication standards using both Mac and PC.
Collaboration and project development: Experienced working in an interactive environment with a range of groups, from scientists to artists to administrators. Comfortable developing projects, from inspiration and sharing ideas, through the development stages, to the final event, publication or exhibition.

Selected CLIENTS & Collaborators:
Baruch Marine Laboratory
Encyclopedia of Life
Harvard University Press
Institute for Life Science, University of Southampton, UK
Marine Biological Laboratory
Monteray Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nikos Laboratory
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Ocean Alliance
On the Water Magazine
Perseus Books
Sierra Club
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Division of Fishes
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southampton, Ocean and Earth Sciences and Institute for Life Sciences
Winchester Cathedral


, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, New England Chapter, 2008-2010.
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
South Hampshire Calligraphers
Winchester Cathedral Scribes
Marwell International Wildlife Art Society
Handworks Cooperative Gallery 2002-2009
Salisbury (Middle Eastern) Dance Troupe

Featured Artist, Cape Cod Magazine, Sept/Oct 2008
Featured Artist, Falmouth Enterprise, August 14, 2009
Best Bet listing in Cape Cod Times. Darwin to Digital Exhibit at Highfield Hall, Curated by Tamara Clark, 2009
Visitor's Choice award for "Red Fire Ant", Cape Cod Conservatory, Animals in Art Exhibit, 2010

Contact: info@tamaraclark.com

"In every object of nature, there lies something of the marvelous" -- Aristotle
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