2017-2018 Board



Linda Feltner (President)
Linda M. Feltner is an award-winning nature artist and educator. Linda has instructed for the University of Washington Scientific Illustration Certification Program, and currently teaches for the Art Institute of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She holds a Master of Arts degree, and is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists. Her home in the Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona provides awe-inspiring biodiversity right outside her studio window.

Ikumi Kayama (Vice-President)
Ikumi is the principal medical and scientific illustrator of Studio Kayama specializing in illustration, animation, graphics and web design. She holds a Master of Art degree in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia. Her work has appeared internationally in juried shows, exhibits, textbooks, scientific journals, presentations, television shows, children's books, and websites. 

Ikumi is also the recipient of many awards including Frank Netter, MD Memorial Scholarship from Johns Hopkins University SOM and from a variety of organizations including the GNSI, Illustrators Club, and AMI.

Karen Johnson (Treasurer)
Karen has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators since 1989.  She has bachelors’ degrees from Iowa State University in biological illustration and entomology, the study of insects. Karen has done the majority of her color work in watercolor, gouache, acrylic and pastel and her black and white work on scratchboard.  Her realistic depictions of flowers and insects are done on a variety of backgrounds ranging from plain to abstract.  She also utilizes the computer to make her paintings available in cards and calendars.

She has created illustrations for a variety of clients including: Iowa State University entomology and veterinary departments, Organic Gardening Magazine, Horticulture Magazine, the University of Illinois Extension Services, Plant Nanny, and Ball Horticultural Company.  Her artwork is included in private and corporate collections.

Currently, she teaches scratchboard, acrylic and insect illustration classes at the Morton Arboretum. Exploring polymer clay sculpture in the form of jewelry is her latest foray into depicting insects and plants in an educational and artistic way. She regularly blogs and participates in various social media as a way to share her love of art and nature with the public.

Scott Rawlins (Interim Education Director)
Scott graduated from Earlham College with a degree in biology, and holds graduate degrees in museum education and medical & biological illustration from the George Washington University and the University of Michigan respectively. A former museum curator and museum educator, Scott has been a faculty member at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania for 18 years. 

Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Art and Design where he teaches scientific illustration, drawing and design. Scott was the GNSI Director of Education for a number of years and continued to serve on the education committee until 2012. He helped to coordinate traditional workshops at several annual meetings and implemented a summer workshop. Scott was Education Director for the American Society of Botanical Artists and eventually Board President. Scott’s free lance clients have included the National Museum of Natural History as well as a number of smaller museums and nature centers. He is currently a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

Diana Marques (Outreach Director)
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Diana Marques was encouraged from a young age to travel and explore beyond boundaries. Throughout her career she has pursued a broad range of professional experiences, working as a scientific illustrator and animator, teaching at a university and exhibiting in an assortment of settings.

Through her recently completed doctoral studies, she has ventured into digital media research, adding to her knowledge in mobile technology production and user experience with mobile devices and augmented reality. She gets to combine technology with scientific illustration, animation and design.

Daisy Chung (Membership Secretary)
Daisy is a scientific illustrator originally from Taiwan and New Zealand. She currently works at National Geographic in Washington, DC as a Junior Graphics Editor, where she works on producing graphics, animations, maps, and art for National Geographic Magazine.

Cheryl McCutchan (Recording Secretary)
Cheryl's formal training is in science, and she holds an excessive number of degrees in biochemistry, environmental science, biology, and botany. She has taught a variety of college level courses, mostly in botany, and enjoys communing with the wildflowers of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Cheryl currently illustrates, animates, writes about, and does research on a variety of sciency subjects. Her favorite activities are illustrating and animating because, throughout her scientific career, she has always visualized science in pictures.

Sara Taliaferro (President-Elect)
Sara has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators since 1997. She has served as Education Director since 2010. She has served on the Nominating Committee and has been involved in the GNSI Oral History Project. She served as Chair for two national GNSI conferences: Lawrence, Kansas in 2002 and Bar Harbor, Maine in 2013. Sara was one of the founding members of the GNSI Great Plains Chapter, formed in 2006, and she has served as their Secretary since the group began. She is the 2012 recipient of the GNSI Distinguished Service Award.

Sara is a natural science illustrator and artist who runs her own business, Happy Beetle Studio. Sara co-teaches Scientific Illustration through the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas.

Sara holds a Masters in Botany-Genetics from the University of Kansas and a B.S. of Education in Biology from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Upon completion of her graduate work, she took a staff position with the Museum of Natural History and Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas, working for over six years with Dr. James S. Ashe, a specialist on Aleocharine beetles, Family Staphilinidae, before launching her own business.

She is a Citizen Artist for the Lawrence Field Office of the US Department of Arts and Culture, a non-federal agency. Her community work includes advocacy and research with the local DART organization Justice Matters, community facilitation, and environmental justice advocacy. Sara is the 2017 Recipient of the Tom and Anne Moore Peace and Justice Award.

Board Portrait:

L-R: Ikumi Kayama (Vice-President), Amelia Janes (outgoing Past- President), Karen Johnson (Treasurer), Sara Taliaferro (President-Elect), Diana Marques (Outreach Director), Daisy Chung (Secretary), Cheryl McCutchan (Recording Secretary), Linda Feltner (President) Not in the picture: Scott Rawlins (Interim Education Director)

Staff (not pictured): Leslie Becker (Office Staff), VIrge Kask (Bookkeeper)

Outgoing 2017 GNSI Board