Cat is a versatile designer who possesses a keen ability to create imagery that has maximum “sticking power” in jurors’ minds. Her designs render even the most complex information immediately intelligible and meaningful for jurors. Her ability to transform numerical data into visually appealing charts and graphs is unsurpassed.
Prior to joining The Focal Point, Cat was involved in a wide variety of design projects in which she worked both on and off the computer. She used Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator programs to compose drawings for Scientific American magazine and for 28 science textbooks for McGraw-Hill, Elsevier, and other publishers. Cat wielded a camera when she traveled to the Smithsonian Research Station on Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal to photograph katydids in order to create a taxonomic reference of katydid families. In addition, Cat brandished paint brushes and power tools when she helped to create traveling exhibits for the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Department of Exhibition, in New York.
Cat’s work with the Department of Exhibition of AMNH is particularly noteworthy since this department is renowned worldwide for its impressive museum installations. The traveling exhibits she worked on were: 1) Race to the End of the Earth (2010–2011), The Brain: The Inside Story Exhibition (2010–2011), and Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, and Culture (2012–2013). Cat said, at times, her work with the department was somewhat dangerous. For instance, one of her tasks was to stand atop a scissor lift to dust giant, ancient Native American totem poles.
Cat has a bachelor of science degree in biology from Hendrix College in Arkansas. After graduation, she was one of 15 students chosen to participate in a year-long, intensive post-baccalaureate science illustration program at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Outside of the office, Cat works to protect the environment. In fact, she recently co-created a website to inform people of ways they can reduce their plastic use. Cat also finds time to pursue her hobbies, which include cooking, needlepoint, and folk dancing.
“...for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
—George Eliot, Middlemarch