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Anne Yen

Freelance Animal Illustrator & Nature Animal Illustrator

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 Skills
It's pretty simple. I love being outdoors and I make art about what I see outside. Raised in suburban Detroit, Michigan, I spent endless hours mucking around in the neighborhood pond. Birds, frogs, turtles and snakes provided endless fascination to me. Drawing them expanded the wonder even more and gave me a way to express and share that wonder.

To make the outdoors my workplace, I studied environmental science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Since graduating, I spent long sweaty seasons in the field on wildlife conservation and environmental restoration work in National Parks and other pubic lands of Hawai'i, Seattle and New York City. I got to tag sea turtles, mark snakes, count birds, propagate native plants and survey for mushrooms.

Recently, I achieved a Certificate of Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington Extension Program in Seattle to merge my science and art worlds into a pulsating reverberating sometimes-confused swirl. Nowadays, I spend about equal time in the field and at the drawing table. Field work, mushroom walks and art making form an endless feedback loop. I process what I see, feel and dream of in watercolor, ink, acrylic, silkscreen and sometimes costume. If you see a short wooly mammoth walking down your street, it may be me. Be sure to say hello.

I am newly relocated back to the mighty Midwest, this time in Chicago, Illinois. I look forward to exploring the environs of this region and poking around your pond. So if you see me out back, please don't shoot, it's just me.