Katherine Smith (2006)

Katherine Smith
Katherine Smith

Katherine arrived at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology wanting to draw birds after receiving her Scientific Illustration Graduate Certificate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. During her time at the Lab, Katherine painted and designed our first guide to the Autumn trails of Sapsucker Woods and created illustrations for the Lab’s quarterly newsletter, Birdscope. Upon completion of her residency, she remained at the Lab to finish the trail guides for Winter, Spring, and Summer. 

After leaving the Lab, Katherine returned to California to create production art for a medical brochure company and later turned her illustration skills to making flashcards and worksheets when she lived in Japan as an English teacher. She now works as a finance analyst for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and in her free time continues her passion for illustration. She has written and illustrated a series of fantasy novels and children’s books. Yet, even in the fantasy world she creates, she strives to include as much scientific accuracy as possible.