I’ve been interested in the natural world my whole life. As a kid growing up in North Carolina and Georgia, I spent a lot of time outdoors. I was also a big collector of maps. Every time I got an issue of National Geographic magazine, the first thing I would do was flip through it to find the maps.
When I grew up, I decided to pursue a degree in fine art. I studied painting, drawing, and sculpting. Along with giving me valuable technical skills, my education also taught me to observe things more closely.