Illustrator Hocker to lead Wildlife Wednesday presentation

Kathy Hocker will lead next week's Wildlife Wednesday presentation, "Drawing from Nature: Wild Things through a Sketcher's Eye" on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

This week’s “Wildlife Wednesday” presentation will be led by scientific illustrator Kathy Hocker, who has been observing, drawing, teaching and writing about nature in SE Alaska for more than 20 years.


Hocker will present “Drawing from Nature: Wild Things through a Sketcher’s Eye” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 7-8 p.m. at the Thunder Mountain High School library, 3101 Riverside Drive. The series is sponsored by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance Southeast Chapter and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Hocker, who previously worked as a naturalist with Discovery Southeast, has taught scientific illustration in schools around the state through the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council’s Artists in the Schools program, and recently published a book for kids, “When You See Flukes.” in her classroom work she stresses the importance of being a good observer -- a key quality for scientists and artists alike.

In a previous Empire interview, Hocker said she always had a strong interest in both art and science as a kid, but wasn’t sure how they could be combined. While attending the University of California at Santa Cruz, she had an “ah ha” moment when she found out about scientific illustration, and ended up making that her major.

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