Our Affiliated Artists pursue innovative and creative opportunities to engage the public and partners on climate change topics, working with Alliance partners to share climate change adaptation expertise, tools, and lessons learned. Climate Art is showcased at "Art of Change" shows and other Alliance events, including summits and workshops.
Our Affiliated Artists program is undergoing strategic redevelopment. At this time we are not accepting new Affiliated Artists, however, you're welcome to share upcoming shows, new projects, or ideas with our team!
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Meet the Artists
Skylaar Amann is the author/illustrator of LLOYD FINDS HIS WHALESONG, (Page Street Kids, 2020). She is a member of SCBWI and Women Who Draw, as well as a picture book mentor for WriteMentor. Skylaar specializes in children's and science-themed art. Her clients include Surfrider, Pinna, Sitka Sound Science Center, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, 826 Seattle, Adventure! Children's Museum, Scientific American, and Paxton Gate. Skylaar has twelve years of experience in communications and now works as a freelance illustrator, editor, and instructor. She is represented by Jessica Watterson of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. You can learn more about her at skylaaramann.com.
County of San Diego Park Rangers Michelle Levesque, Brian Ek, and Alex Wild discovered their shared passion for environmental music while performing at San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Michelle has been writing and singing climate and nature-themed songs since 2007. However, the performances really took off in 2016 when Brian and Alex contributed their guitar and percussion skills and “Biomimicry” was formed. Biomimicry’s songs interpret biological and climate related concepts to the melodies of popular music, and support San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation interpretive programs. Michelle and Brian performed for the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) 2016 Regional Workshop and Michelle is an NAI Certified Interpretive Trainer. Alex is an NAI Certified Interpretive Guide and is working toward his trainer certification.
Diane Burko’s art focuses on monumental geological phenomena, which merges a vision that is panoramic, intimate and provocative. Focused on climate change at the intersection of art and science, her images of melting glaciers reflect research and visual data from scientists. Burko’s paintings and photography, over 100 exhibits thus far, bear witness to changes in the Polar regions, translating data including recessional lines and Landsat images into compelling imagery. These Polar images are in response to her travels around Svalbard, Greenland’s Jakobshavn, Iceland, glaciers in South Island, New Zealand and the Antarctica Peninsula.
I have always been fascinated by the way people interact with their environments. Coming from the wonderfully strange town of Idyllwild, California, my childhood environment was atypical: I grew up surrounded by trees and artists, barefoot and constantly inspired by the world around me. I have been exploring that relationship ever since: working with environmental organizations to communicate their research to the public, painting murals to enhance urban environments, and making art to help me understand the moves that I have made to Ecuador and now to Boston. Currently, I am studying at Tufts University, and hoping to continue examining the way that people interact with their environment, and how art can be used to communicate that.
Arpita Choudhury of Fern Spike Art is a freelance illustrator living in colorful Colorado. Her work is inspired by nature and the lighter side of life. The name fern spike comes from paleontology. An abundance of ferns can sometimes be found in the fossil record after a catastrophic event-thus a fern spike. Ferns are one of the first plants to appear to help a beleaguered ecosystem heal. She says, "There is always hope for a new day and a new beginning. Yes, I was a scientist in a former life."
Condor Visual Media
Owned and operated by Andrew James Pittman and Lisset Valencia-Pittman, Condor Visual Media is a digital and photo production company based in San Diego, California. They are a family business with ten years experience in content creation. "We connect people and communities through digital story telling. We believe that sharing stories inspires, strengthens and promotes healthy relationships. Our vision is preservation. Your story is important to us and the world."
Kira Corrillo Corser
Kira was the first artist to work with the Climate Kids program in 2015 when she created beautiful paintings on silk that communicated students' commitment to protecting the ocean. Kira also participated and shared her work at Art@CAF (California Adaptation Forum) in 2014. Kira is currently involved in Peace & Justice projects and a project linking the arts and businesses through video. Specifically, videos on ocean and planet changes due to climate change, plastic pollution and overfishing. During her work leading the Sea Changes Project, Kira brought together 7 climate scientists and 7 artists to co-create work related to climate impacts on the ocean with support from the San Diego Visual Arts Network.
Natalie Dupille is a cartoonist, illustrator, and teaching artist who splits her time between Seattle and world traveling. Dupille's art focuses on documenting travel, relationships, and the natural world. Her work has appeared in many publications and anthologies including The Stranger, The Seattle Weekly, Taproot Magazine, and Chainmail Bikini. Some of her self-published mini-comics include Huckleberry Pie, Total Lunarcy, and October Diary. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Seattle's Pacific Science Center.
Milena is a visual science communicator. A scientist by training but a creative by nature, Milena works with science organizations to translate complex & technical concepts into accessible and memorable visuals that create "aha" moments for non-scientific audiences. She also teaches workshops that help scientists organize, summarize, and visualize their own work in elegant and fun (but still scientifically accurate!) graphics.
Sofia V. Gonzalez
Sofia V. Gonzalez is a Northern California native currently living and working in San Diego, California. Raised in Marin County, California, Sofia is inspired by her natural surroundings and uses processes of sewing, staining, and color to explore her sense of place. Sofia received her MFA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2014 where she focused on furthering her skills in textiles and natural dye techniques. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including California, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Sofia teaches natural dye and studio art courses and is passionate about creating a sense of community and environmental appreciation through visual arts and textiles.
Through her love of nature and her enthusiasm for reuse, Joan uses her art to explore the environmental edge that we are balancing on. She is deeply concerned with the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans, and through her art and teachings, is empowering children and their families to make more sustainable choices to respect themselves and our planet. Joan will be working in classrooms, at binational events, in green labs, and at Cabrillo National Monument this year in collaboration with the Climate Science Alliance's Climate Kids program.
Reefocus started in Southern California as an excuse to follow what inspires us, seize the moment and capture it as well. We are primarily interested in documenting the striking landscapes of our surroundings and share these images to bring awareness of nature's beauty. Lucas Halopoff’s interest in the great outdoors was sparked at an early age. This love for camping and hiking has pushed him to become interested in preserving nature and conserving our natural resources. Lucas believes that his photography can be used to help spread these ideas to the public and get more people interested in saving our precious lands.