Michelle Barkway

A biologist-turned-artist living on Vancouver Island.

Michelle is a fine artist and illustrator inspired by the cold seas and temperate rainforests of her home on Vancouver Island. With a background in aquatic ecology, she loves incorporating her passion for conservation and ecology into her art.

“I’ve always felt a deep connection to the West Coast and earned a Master’s degree in Aquatic Ecology to pursue a career in conservation. Moving to Vancouver Island from the prairies six years ago deepened my resolve to educate people about the ecological value of the region and its unique challenges. Art has become my way of sharing my love of the coast’s flora and fauna – and has encouraged others to explore and educate themselves.”