My name is Katelyn Weel, I’m originally from Ontario, Canada. I studied Environmental Sustainability at Lakehead University in Orillia, where I was fortunate enough to work as a research assistant analyzing protozoa and diatoms in natural freshwater biofilms. I now live in Norway, where my experience in the university lab landed me a job studying soil life in agriculture and helping other people discover the mysterious world of microorganisms. I’m passionate about sustainable agriculture and environmental protection, and I hope that my artwork can help bring people a little bit closer to the invisible and underappreciated world of microbiology that we depend on for so much.

In addition to digital illustrations, I love to draw using pencil and paper or paint with acrylics on canvas, and I like to experiment with pyrography and other interesting media from time to time. If I’m not drawing or sitting at the microscope, I’m probably playing with our chickens or working in the garden.

Most of my artwork is inspired by nature and focused on creatures, whether real or fantasy. I am just starting out as a professional artist. Presently I’m working through a commissioned series of illustrations based on soil biology inspired by what I’ve seen in the microscope. In 2017, my work was featured in an exhibit about soil life at an ecopark in Tingvoll, Norway. I have also recently had two of my illustrations published in a garden book.

If you’re interested in prints, commissions, if you would like to use my illustrations in a publication or display, or if you have any comments or questions about my work please get in touch! I’d love to hear from you. You can send me a message using the “Contact” button above, or send an email to art@protozoaprincess.com. You can also follow me on Instagram!

Visit my gallery of soil life illustrations at: https://www.protozoaprincess.com/