About Me


Visualizations of natural science, technology, and interventions that are used to educate members of biology, medicine, and the general public

Shawna R Snyder

Hi, I'm Shawna

Shawna R Snyder, MA   |   Medical Animator in Baltimore, MD

Inspired by the native landscapes of Iowa on the family farm, Shawna fell in love with the natural world at an early age. Key role models from Iowa State University instilled a passion for observation and accuracy when drawing scientific subject matter. In a trip to Patagonia, Chile, she got to share these biological drawing techniques with ecologists and students in the region.

In 2018, Shawna earned her Master of Arts Degree in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She earned her BA in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration at Iowa State University in 2015.

Shawna has collaborated with many researchers, biologists, engineers and doctors. She believes in engaging storytelling and balancing clean design with rich detail to convey complex topics. Past clients include Grayson Lab for Tissue Engineering, the Johns Hopkins Simulation Center, National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Iowa State University Insect Collection and many more.


Johns Hopkins University

2016 – 2018  Master of Art in Medical & Biological Illustration

Iowa State University

2011 – 2015  Bachelor of Arts in Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration

    • ISU Insect Collection: Junior Museum Curator/Illustrator
    • BPMI Club Treasurer
    • Participated in a number of student exhibitions


Tom Waits

My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane.