Kayla Younkin is an artist based in New York City, where she previously worked as the Anthropology Department Artist at the American Museum of Natural History, creating illustrations for scientific publication in a wide array of special topics and research areas. As a scientific illustrator, her main objective is to help convey complex concepts through visual media in order to make them not only more accessible, but enjoyable and appealing to a wider audience.
Kayla’s passion for creating precise yet whimsical visuals extends to and is largely inspired by children’s book illustration, in particular the works of Golden Age Illustrators like Kay Nielsen, Arthur Rackham, and Beatrix Potter. Kayla’s work ranges from the academic to the fantastical, both ends of the spectrum informing and complementing the other. From cartoon pigs and mermaids to ornithology, tiny-scale watercolor painting to large scale schematics of archaeological sites, Kayla simply wants to illustrate, educate, and spark a little joy in the process.