Description The beautiful and gentle Hawaiian green turtle is one of the largest of the hard shelled marine turtles. It can be seen around the reefs and in shallow waters of the Hawaiian islands where it feeds mainly on algae. All species of marine turtles are considered either threatened or endangered due to their sensitivity to a variety of factors, from ingestion of marine debris, to poaching, to the effect of human activity on nesting habitat. All marine turtles, except the leatherback, are found in shallow coastal waters which makes them particularly sensitive to these effects.
Tamara Clark, Hampshire, England Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA. As an illustrator she has worked with a range of groups and institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. Tamara has a BS and MS in Biology/Ecology and was trained in traditional science illustration techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She has been an active member of the Guild since 1996 and is a recent President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries and enjoys being involved in local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats as much as the creatures she illustrates inspire her.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their young daughter. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com