About Rebecca Banasiak:
Rebecca Banasiak is a scientific illustrator/ painter and works at the Field Museum as a mammal preparatory. Her art is inspired by the vast mammals and bird collection at the Field Museum. She also is an avid photographer of animals which she uses as inspiration when not working in the Field’s exhibit halls.
Rebecca’s work at the Field has influenced her artwork in many ways and it is seen throughout her sketchbooks, illustrations and portraits. She continues to use both the mounts on exhibit in the halls of the museum and specimens within the mammals and bird collections as reference for her work. Rebecca continues to grow her interest in combining science and art by photographing what is around her in nature from the animals at the zoo to a walk in a forest preserve.
When Rebecca is not in her home studio sketching or illustrating, she enjoys reading, board games (before the pandemic), (re)learning to sew, experimenting in the kitchen (chemistry degree at work here), and cuddling with her fur-baby cats.