Evan Barbour (2003)

Evan Barbour, 2003 artist
Evan Barbour

Evan came to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology from the Scientific Illustration Graduate Certificate Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. For his residency, he created the illustrations for, and designed the book The Birds of Sapsucker Wood, a field guide to 100 common birds. During the 18 months of his residency, he created all the original watercolor paintings for the book and several pen-and-ink drawings that were used in BirdScope and other Lab publications. His original watercolors, which have been used for a bird-identification kiosk at the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Ithaca, New York, and the book, Maine’s Favorite Birds, published by Tilbury House Publishers, now hang in the Lab’s hallways and offices. 

After leaving the Lab, Evan illustrated several publications, including two books for John E. DuPont, Birds of the South Pacific and New Caledonia Birds. Evan then earned his MFA in Studio Art from Mills College where he was mentored by the late Hung Liu. Utilizing his background in science illustration, Evan’s conceptual paintings, sculpture, and photographs have now been featured in exhibitions throughout the Bay area. This pivot to fine art led Evan to a career producing exhibits for institutions such as the Oakland Museum and the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco. 

Evan lives in the Sierra Nevadas, freelancing as an exhibit fabricator, and continuing his work as a bird illustrator and naturalist. At the heart of all his pursuits lies a fascination with the under-appreciated aspects of nature and a desire to share that curiosity with others.