Wendy Smith


Wendy has extensive experience interpreting a broad spectrum of natural history and scientific subjects. She combined her formal education in science with the decision to pursue art professionally and launched her career as a natural science artist on staff at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Since then, her work has been widely published in books for children and adults, magazines, scientific and educational references, field guides, exhibits and on postage stamps.

As Visual Information Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wendy devoted over eight years to developing wildlife and natural resource-oriented interpretive exhibits at visitor centers for diverse cultural audiences. Her ability to convey complex ideas and information is powered by her use of engaging, immersive perspectives, interpretive skills, and knowledge acquired through academic studies and travel.

Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy are hallmarks of Wendy’s work that has earned her numerous awards and recognition in juried exhibits throughout her career. Her artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Hunt-Institute of Botanical Documentation at Carnegie-Mellon University and the New York State Museum. She sees art as a powerful tool reaching across political and cultural boundaries to develop a sense of personal and corporate responsibility for our natural heritage.

American Museum of Natural History, D.C. Health, Defenders of Wildlife, Golden Books/Western Publishing, Holt Reinhart Winston, Houghton-Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, National Geographic Magazine, National Park Service, Nature’s Garden Magazine, Pearson Educational, Princeton University Press, Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Rodale Press, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Scholastic, Silver Burdett Ginn, Smithsonian’s Backyard, Stewart Tabori & Chang, Sunset Garden Book, The Denver Zoo, The Nature Conservancy, The North Carolina Zoo, The Philadelphia Zoo, University of Colorado Press, and Williams-Sonoma.

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
National Association for Interpretation

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