Artist Spotlight: Emily Fries

Emily Fries interned with the Western Flyer Foundation education program last summer and was a sunny and delightful addition to our small team. In her few but action-packed months with WFF, Emily taught over a hundred students through our Community Journal Project, helped edit our boat-building and sinking lesson plans and designed and executed two stunning illustrations already in use in our education program. Read a little more about Emily and enjoy samples of her work below.

Emily teaching a group from Girls Inc about buoyancy

Emily graduated from the Science Illustration Graduate Program at CSUMB this December. Originally from WA, she went to college at Western Washington University to study Elementary Education, with a focus in general science education. After 5 years working in the Seattle School District, her desire to further explore public science communication led her to pursue the science illustration certificate. Emily’s artistic style incorporates meticulous attention to detail and a fusion of traditional and digital mediums. She strives to bring scientific concepts to life in a visually captivating manner, making them accessible and engaging for a wide audience. Whether it’s through botanical illustrations, anatomical renderings, or conceptual pieces, her work inspires a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world.

As part of her WFF internship, Emily produced this fantastic illustration of Ed Ricketts’s four Levels of Ecology
Emily made this illustration of one of the scientific instruments soon to be installed on the Western Flyer, the CTD.

Learn more about Emily at her website https://emilyfries.com/ and follow her on Instagram @ringsofphilautia.

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