“We need another and a wiser, perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with the extensions of senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of earth”.               – Henry Beston


Through my work I aim to bridge art, biology, and education to encourage others to view the world with a more curious and conscious eye. My personal work depicts intimate ecological portraits, often focusing on species interactions. I otherwise enjoy portraying nature in various contexts, whether it take the form of a detailed scientific illustration or a colorful children's book. Though I work largely in graphite, colored pencil, gouache, and digital media, I love working with any substance that allows expression of fine detail and gradients.

Aside from illustration, I ride and repair bikes, play hours of fetch, and maintain a relatively tidy but wild garden. I live on the Eastern edge of the Flint Hills of Kansas with three pup companions, a human companion, and a small flock of chickens.


A World Older Than Ours                    Eppink Gallery - Emporia, KS                           January 2020 

Enormous Tiny Art: Show #27             Nahcotta Gallery - Portsmouth, NH               March 2020


Interactions                                          Emporia Arts Center - Emporia, KS.               June 4 - 29, 2019


My schedule for 2019 is booked.

If you are interested in discussing freelance work, commissions, or shows for 2020, please send me an e-mail!


M.S. - Biological Sciences: Pollination Ecology

B.S. - Biological Sciences



All images and content © Allysa Hallett 2019.