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“I am thrilled to be in a profession where I am able to use my passion for science and love for creative expression.

It is my hope that my work will open the viewer’s eyes to the fascinating natural world around us, to encourage respect for the environment and a develop a desire to maintain and preserve it for future generations.”

Therese Brosseau

-Watercolor painting of a Mule Deer


Therese's quest to become a scientific illustrator began by earning a BS in Biology in 1985 and spending several years involved as a back country guide in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. She often spent time teaching folks about the flora and fauna encountered on their daily expeditions. Therese met her future husband, a backcountry ranger, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.

Therese working on a watercolor painting of a long-horned beetle, Macrodontia cervicornis.

During the years that followed, she left the wilderness guide business to focus on full-time motherhood. This also gave her an opportunity for reflection on her career and renewed her desire to pursue her love for the natural world in a more creative way. Through the support and encouragement of her husband and friends, she began to challenge a long-held concept that a scientist could not be an artist and vice versa. It first began in the graphic design arena and lead to a return to school for a second undergraduate degree in /Computer Art in 2004.

While studying both traditional and digital art, the subjects of Therese’s compositions frequently revolved around the natural world. Earning a
Certificate in Natural Science Illustration at the University of Washington
in 2007 finally brought her twenty-year odyssey to a satisfying end—and
ushered in the exciting new era of her career as a Natural Science Illustrator.

Click here for Therese’s complete curriculum vitae.