Brigid specializes in illustration for the natural sciences and children’s books. She loves becoming deeply involved in the layers of research, imagination, and craftsmanship to create each new illustration. She enjoys collaborating with writers and scientists and hopes that her work will inspire others to explore the beauty of life in its many unique forms.
Colored pencil on film & watercolor on illustration board
Each leopard: 9" × 17"
Several years ago, I spent a few months living and studying in Kathmandu, in the foothills of the Himalayas. I have been inspired by the landscape and culture of the region ever since. The snow leopard is a big cat that is uniquely adapted to life in the high Himalayas, able to survive in cold, snowy conditions high above the tree line. Snow leopards' skeletal and muscular structures help them to leap gracefully down sheer rock faces at high speeds. These elusive cats are difficult for scientists to observe in the wild, and their vanishing numbers are an indicator of the delicate environmental balance in Himalayan ecosystems.
Communicating the fragile complexity of life on Earth through illustration