Stephanie Rozzo

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Recent Shows and Award

By |June 21st, 2014|Syndicated Content|

Recently I have participated in several group shows:

Current group shows:

Focus on Nature XIII: New York State Museum in Albany New York. 

Focus on Nature XIII features 91 natural and cultural history illustrations, representing the work of 71 illustrators from 15 different countries. The subjects represented are diverse, ranging from those only found in the artists’ home country to those that have a worldwide distribution; A special feature of FON XIII is a 3D illustration by Swiss artist Livia Maria Enderli of Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis). This reconstruction of a skull from an archaeological site in Uzbekistan in central Asia found in 1938 uses the latest technology available to artists and scientists.

April 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015 or view online here

My pieces that are being exhibited: Scarlet Pollinators (Archival Print), Weedy Seadragon Life Cycle, and Cochineal: A Natural Red Dye.

I also received a Jury Award for Weedy Seadragon Life Cycle. view here

Wildflowers of Garland Park: Garland Ranch Regional Park, Carmel Valley, CA. 
Group exhibition at the visitors center. 

April 19 through August 10, 2014. 

My pieces that are being exhibited: Baby Blue Eyes and California Poppy (Archival Print)

The Art of Nature: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz CA.

April 5 through June 29, 2014 more information here

The Museum welcomes back the California Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the CSUMB Science Illustration Graduate Program for its 25th annual exhibit highlighting the amazing detail and artistry of local science illustrators. Come experience over 50 works in a variety of media, depicting botany, birds, mammals and invertebrates. Explore why art is so important to science, and our understanding of the natural world. You are invited to explore the beautiful world of illustration and test your own skills while drawing Museum specimens in our Illustration Station.

My pieces that are being exhibited: Scarlet Pollinator (Archival Print), California Poppy (Archival Print), and Giant Arrowhead & Tule Perch (Archival Print)

Recent group show:

16th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition: Filoli, Woodside CA

April 8, 2014 through June 8 2014

Filoli presents its 16th Annual Botanical Art Exhibit this coming spring. Botanical art has experienced a renaissance of growth both in the states and internationally and Filoli has been a leader in the renewal of this art form, which combines the observational skills of the scientist and the sensibility of the artist. This beautiful exhibit has long been an essential part of the Filoli Botanical Art Program’s mission to interpret and preserve this historically–significant art form. Artworks selected this year will be displayed in the Visitor and Education Center while select pieces from our three major florilegia collections: the Filoli, the Banks’ and theHighgrove, will be displayed in the historic House. Come enjoy the West Coast’s most prominent botanical art exhibit!

My piece that was exhibited: California Poppy

Sonoran Desert

By |November 14th, 2013|Syndicated Content|

I grew up in Phoenix (part of the Sonoran Desert) and I always appreciated my surroundings but I didn't really get to learn about and explore them until I moved to Tucson. While studying for my Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, I took advantage of opportunities to learn more about the environment that surrounded me. I interned at the Sonoran Desert Museum, and volunteered at Tucson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to add to what I was learning in my classes. After college, I continued to learn more while working as a Raptor Free Flight and Interpretive Animal keeper at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

I love the Sonoran Desert because it is a diverse, interesting and beautiful place. I used my knowledge of the Sonoran Desert to create an illustration showing some of the area's diversity. I chose to focus on one of my favorite Tucson hiking spots, Sabino Canyon. I had a hard time narrowing down which animals to include, but I feel that the ones I chose are a good representation of the diversity of the Sonoran Desert. This image was created using Adobe Illustrator.

Sonoran Desert

some close up detail:

Sonoran Desert

Sonoran Desert

Sonoran Desert

Sonoran Desert

Saguaro, Carnegiea gigantea
Barrel cactus
Prickly bear cactus, Opuntia
White winged dove, Zenaida asiatica

Gila woodpecker, Melanerpes uropygialis
White tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus

Anna’s hummingbird, Calypte anna

Greater roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus

Black-tailed jack rabbit, Lepus californicus

Painted lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui
Sonoran bumblebee, Bombus sonorus
Cactus longhorn beetle, Moneilema gigas
Zebra tailed lizard, Callisaurus draconoides

Bark scorpion, Centruroides sculpturatus

Arizona blond tarantula, Aphonopelma chalcodes
Tarantula hawk wasp, Pepsis sp.
Banner-tailed kangaroo rat, Dipodomys spectabilis
Gila monster, Heloderma suspectum

Desert tortoise, Gopherus sp.
Cactus wren, Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Black-tailed rattlesnake, Crotalus molossus
Kit fox, Vulpes macrotis
Coyote, Canis Iatrans

Turkey vulture, Cathartes aura
Harris hawk, Parabuteo unicinctus
Sonoran whipsnake, Masticophis bilineatus

Mountain lion, Puma concolor
Javalina, Tayassu tajacu
Bobcat, Lynx rufus
Gambel’s quail, Callipepla gambelii
Red spotted toad, Bufo punctatus
Gila Chub, Gila intermedia
Green sunfish, Lepomis cyanellus

Plants, Birds & Pollinators: art serving science

By |November 14th, 2013|Syndicated Content|

Plants, Birds & Pollinators: art serving science
Members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators are featured in this premier juried exhibition of works celebrating the vital role of pollinators. Using skill and informed observation, scientific illustrators bring a high level of expertise to their subject.
Reception: Nov. 24, 1 – 3 p.m. | FREE and open to the public
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My piece "Scarlet Pollinators" will be shown in this exhibit.

hitleri Beetle

By |November 19th, 2012|Syndicated Content|

"Situation Anophthalmus hitleri, a project by Jasmina Cibic"

I was invited by a London based artist to be a part of a project for the European Capital of Culture in Maribor, Slovenia. The project is based on the story of the discovery of an endemic beetle living in the northern part of Slovenia, which is in danger of becoming extinct. 

The story as it was provided to me:

"In 1933 Vladimir Kodrič happened upon a beetle in one of Slovenia’s caves around Celje, which he thought might represent a new species. In 1937 the entomologist Oscar Scheibel confirmed this. As a Hitler sympathiser, Scheibel named the insect Anophthalmus hitleri.  A name of an organism can only be changed in extreme circumstances that have to do with the development of knowledge. Politically sensitive names cannot be amended, therefore all attempts to rename the beetle have been unsuccessful. Because of the politically embarrassing name this beetle has been throughout its known existence held semi-secretive and even when it was featured on a Yugoslavian stamp in 1984, its Latin name was withheld. More recently, neo-Nazis in Slovenia have destroyed a part of its habitat, whilst collecting the specimens, after an article about its existence was published by the National Geographic in 2006."

The process:

I was given instructions to create a black and white illustration of Anophthalmus hitleri on A4 sized paper as viewed from above with a white background. I was also told not to learn anything additional about the beetle itself or look at any pictures of the beetle. 

My background in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology was the leading contributor to how I determined what Anophthalmus hitleri would look like. As a generalist Scientific Illustrator, I do research before illustrating because I usually don’t know much about the subject. I was unable to look up the actual species for this project. Instead, I took into consideration what a cave dwelling beetle would have evolved to look like due to its environment. I researched general cave beetles and thought about what the caves I have visited were like. I imagined that hitleri would have long antennae and setae to find its way in the dark, be slender to get into tight places, and have little to no patterning since nothing would be hunting it by sight. Since hitleri would not need to see in the dark, I imagined it to have evolved to be blind. I digitally collaged and warped a variety of images of beetles in the Carabidae Family (the Family that hitleri is in) and used it as reference for my interpretation.

I do not personally know of any animal that was named after a person because of what it looks like. Therefore, the specific name (hitleri) was not considered in my interpretation.
hitleri Beetle

Final Illustration: Black prisma color on coquille paper

In process photos:

hitleri Beetle

hitleri Beetle

hitleri Beetle

hitleri Beetle

hitleri Beetle

hitleri Beetle

hitleri Beetle

hitleri Beetle

hitleri Beetle

This project includes work from Scientific Illustrators from around the world and I was happy to contribute to it.
Please learn more by clicking the link below:

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