If I wrote an artist's statement...
...it would follow the lines of, "My love of nature intersects with my love of creating." Short and sweet.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a major in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology with a specialization in Wildlife Biology and Management...and a minor in Art.
My formal art training included courses in drawing, printmaking, woodworking, sculpture, metalcasting, and art history. My Wildlife Biology education looked more like a "So You Want to be Davy Crockett" how-to guide: Mammalogy, Zoology, Ecology, Botany, Forest Fire and Disturbance Ecology, Wildlife Capture and Immobilization, to name a few.
My work within the Bell Museum of Natural History is one of the ways in which I can combine science and art. Access to thousands of catalogued specimens allows me to create detailed observational drawings from a unique perspective. And whether detailed scientific illustration, quick sketches of specimens, or taxidermy of new specimens for the Bell's research and teaching collections, I really enjoy the art that this unique opportunity allows me to create.
My other interests such as backpacking, canoeing, hiking, birding, and hunting also influence my love of creating by affording me the spectacular views, adventure, quiet, noise, critter encounters, close calls, and understanding of nature that inspire me, in art and otherwise.
If you have a question or comment, email me at carmenleonamartin(at)gmail.com, or use the form to the left.
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