Angie Peace lives and works in North Bend, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains of Washington. While she harbors a deep love of all natural things, she enjoys focusing her artistic efforts on the diverse wildlife and plant species native to the Pacific Northwest.
As a very young child, she dismayed her mother by bringing frogs and salamanders into her dollhouse from the large pond outside, and was reluctantly assisted when she determined to rescue a baby grebe that had been rejected by its mother. Her innate love of nature was strengthened by hiking and fishing trips with her father, digging clams and geoduck with her extended family, and exploring the rocky marine shores of Washington and Oregon with her mother. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, she spent her time exploring the nearby forests and creeks, and drawing and painting the plants and animals she encountered.
Angie’s parents were more supportive of a science major than pursuing a career in art. She attended the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science and a minor in Quantitative Science. Angie went on to study the chytrid fungus and endangered boreal toad at the University of Colorado in Boulder, earning a Master’s degree in Conservation Research.
River otter surveys and lynx trapping in Colorado began Angie’s career as a wildlife biologist. She went on to work as a biologist for almost 20 years, including work as an environmental consultant, where she performed endangered plant and wildlife species surveys, stream assessments, wetland delineations, noxious weed surveys, habitat restoration, permitting, and project management in California, Oregon, New York, Ohio, and Washington. Angie also served as a Fish and Wildlife Habitat Biologist for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, where she worked with local residents, cities, and counties to protect aquatic habitats. She earned a certificate in River Restoration from Portland State University.
As a professional biologist, Angie continued creating art for her own enjoyment or as commissioned by others. Angie never gave up her dream for art to become more entwined with her career and passion for natural science. In 2016, she committed to making that dream a reality by enrolling in the University of Washington’s Natural Science Illustration Certificate Program. Coordinating the Program’s exhibit at the Burke Museum provided valuable experience in showing the artwork produced by her and her classmates.
Angie enjoys working with a variety of mediums, including watercolor, colored pencil, gouache, pen and ink, and graphite. Her hope is that through the creation of art and illustrations, Angie can inspire, promote, and support environmental research and conservation.