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Earyn McGee

What was the inspiration behind your artwork?

One hot summer day in the Chiricahua mountains, I was attempting to recapture, a Yarrow’s spiny lizard. The lizard took off running as soon as it saw me. At one point during the chase I lost sight of the lizard. I thought it had gotten away. I decided to survey the area one last time.I looked behind me and there it was, watching me while on a tree. The only reason I saw the lizard was because of a large orange paint mark, the number 5, I had given the lizard the first time I caught it. It was such an amazing encounter that I wanted to share it on Twitter. To my surprise, people could’t find the lizard in the photo. Despite the conspicuous marking I had given it. These people enjoyed the search and suggested I regularly post photos with lizards hidden in them. I realized that this was a great opportunity to teach people interesting lizard facts and to have a greater appreciation for lizards.

What do you see as the similarity between science and art? Why is science-art important in today's society?

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Get to know the artist!

Earyn is an aspiring Natural History TV Show Host. By day, she is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and @Afro_Herper by night! As a graduate student, she runs the very popular social media game #FindThatLizard where she gets to teach people cool facts about the lizards she makes a career of studying, while shifting the idea of what it means to be a scientist.

Get in touch!

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