Caitlin graduated in 2011 from the Rhode Island School of Design where she received a BFA in painting. However, art and nature have been an integral part of her life since childhood, when she would spend her days sketching in the wooded backyard of her Massachusetts home. Birds were a big part of her childhood, and her house and yard were filled with binoculars, bird books, feeders, photographs, and more. Working as a Bartels Science Illustrator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology allowed her to mesh her passions for art and birds in a way that was personally fulfilling and beneficial and educational for the community. Caitlin created many paintings for several projects, including a poster of backyard birds, a pocket guide to nesting birds, a brochure on feeding birds in winter, and a full-color illustration of a Golden-winged Warbler.
Following her participation in the Bartels Science Illustration Program, Caitlin graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a post-baccalaureate degree in graphic design. She currently resides in Baltimore, MA, where she works as a full-time graphic designer at Mission Media, a graphic design studio in downtown Baltimore, and has done work for clients such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, DreamWorks, George Mason University, and National Public Radio.