I have been a freelance medical illustrator since 1993, but I began teaching anatomy and digital illustration at the American Academy of Art in 2005. I earned my bachelors degree in Illustration from Northern Illinois University and my masters degree in Biomedical Visualization from UIC. In this program, I dissected cadavers, attended surgeries, stared into microscopes, and spent many late nights doing 2D and 3D renderings and animations of anatomy, cell structure, pathologies, and surgical procedures. I have illustrated more than 100 medical and health related books, as well as print materials for pharmaceutical companies, health care advertisements, and medical-legal courtroom displays. I'm still illustrating, but have also fallen in love with teaching, in particular helping artists understand the structure of the human figure.