The tropics are the supreme expression of life on Earth. The beauty of these exuberant ecosystems and their myriads of organisms are breathtaking and inspiring. As an itinerant naturalist, it is always a joy to share my passion about nature, and one way of expressing this fascination is art.

My illustrations have been used for educational and scientific purposes including posters, comic strips, books and magazines. Here you have a sample of my art. Feel free to email me with comments or inquiries and make sure you click the thumbnails to see larger images.

Black & White

Young Fer-de-Lance (Bothrops asper)
Ink on paper
       Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
Ink on paper
Fishing Bat
Fishing Bat(Noctilio leporinus)
Ink on paper

Mouse opossum
Alston's mouse opossum (Micoureus alstoni)
Ink on paper
       Sac-winged bat
       Peccaries (Tayassu tajacu)
Ink on paper
Umbrella bird
Umbrella bird (Cephalopterus glabricollis)
Ink on scratchboard

Tayra and Agouti
Tayra (Eira barbara) chasing a Central American agouti (Dasyprocta punctata)
Ink on paper
Playing coatis         
White-nosed coatis playing (Nasua narica)         
Ink on paper

Central American bullfrog
Central American bullfrog (Leptodactylus pentadactylus)
Pencil on paper
Cantil (Agkistrodon bilineatus)         
Pencil on paper


Giant damselfly
Giant Damselfly (Megalprepus coerulatus)
Digital art
Great Curassows
Great Curassows - Male and female (Crax rubra)
Color pencil on paper
Proboscis bat
Proboscis bat (Rhynchonycteris naso)
Acrylic on illustration board
Oriole and Tanager
Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) & Blue-gray tanager (Thraupis episcopus)
Color pencil on paper
Central American Banded Gecko
Central American Banded Gecko (Coleonix mitratus)
Mixed technique
Masked tree frog
Masked tree frog (Smilisca phaeota)
Acrylic on clayboard
Boa constrictor
Common boa (Boa constrictor)
Mixed technique on illustration board
Frogs of Costa Rica
Amphibians of Costa Rica
Acrylic on canvas

Varied Art

Sharp-shinned hawk
Sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Journal entry
Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta)
Journal entry
Black cottonwood
Black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa)
Journal entry
Dragons (Illustration for the TRPC )
Digital art
TRPC characters
Characters (Illustration for the TRPC)
Digital Art
Thurston Bigfoot
Thurston Bigfoot. Mascot for the Energy Grant (Illustration for the TRPC)
Mixed technique
Cover for regional Sustainable Plan (Thurston County)
Digital art
Demographics in Transportation (Infographic for the TRPC)
Digital Art
Commuters (Characters for the TRPC)
Mixed technique
Puget Sound watershed (Illustration for the TRPC)
Mixed technique
Carpooling characters (Illustration for the TRPC)
Digital art
Infographic II
Where you live makes a difference (Infographic for the TRPC)
Digital art

Tropical Trivia

Jaguar I teamed up with David Norman, author and biologist, to educate people about nature through a humorous comic strip. Published in the Costa Rican newspaper The Tico Times and Ranger Rick magazine (February 1998, Vol. 32, No. 2).

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Tropical Trivia gallery


Chirripo: journey to the magical mountain. This beautiful bilingual book is illustrated with photos by Juan Jose Pucci. Available here. (Fundacion Neotropica, 2001) Chirrip´┐Żok

About the artist...
Copan ruins II
Photo by A. Doshi
I am a Costa Rican naturalist. My background is in biology, but my enthusiasm for nature began at an early age with a large focus on reptiles, especially snakes. In time, it expanded to other organisms like plants, insects, birds, mammals, and all related to their ecology and natural history. My travels in Latin America have shown me how spectacular tropical nature can be, but also how fragile.

The unique tropical habitats are highly vulnerable to human interference and today, at the turn of the 21st century, they face a tremendous danger of destruction. I believe in the power of art and education in order to bring awareness about the importance of biological diversity and the urgent necessity of preserving the natural processes that support the web of life in our planet.

For more than 15 years I have shared my passion about nature as a speaker, environmental educator, artist, writer and naturalist guide. In Costa Rica I had the privilege to work educating with different organizations, like the Fundacion Neotropica and the Organization for Tropical Studies.

I currently live in Washington State, my adoptive bioregion, but I periodically travel back to the tropics teaching different courses, like Tropical Rainforest Field Studies of the Sierra Institute in Belize and Guatemala, trainings for Biomimicry 3.8 in Costa Rica and more recently as a Wildlife & Conservation leader for National Geographic Student Expeditions in Ecuador and the Galapagos, Australia and Brazil.

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