I am a Canada based freelance scientific illustrator and animator. I enjoy researching,

brainstorming and creating medical and natural history visualizations. I focus on detail and accuracy. Therefore, it is important to me to communicate and work closely with my client so that I create the most successful product with which we are both happy.


I have a Master's in Biomedical Communication from the University of Toronto. This program is one of only four accredited graduate programs of its kind in North America. Through the program, I have gone through extensive training in creating medical illustrations and animations for various subjects including human anatomy, neuroanatomy, pathology and molecular science. I am also a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI). 

I am currently centred in Kelowna (British Columbia). However, I have worked with clients remotely

from various areas, including Vancouver (British Columbia), Victoria (British Columbia), Toronto (Ontario) and Seattle (Washington, USA).


BS, General Biology &  BA, Painting and Drawing

University of Washington, Seattle


MSc, Biomedical Communications

University of Toronto, Toronto




Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Conference Salon 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA 

Gallagher’s Canyon Art Society Annual Show & Sale

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 


Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Northwest Exhibit at the Clymer Museum

Ellensburg, Washington, USA 


Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Northwest Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center

Seattle, Washington, USA


American Society of Plant Taxonomists booth at Annual Botany Conference 2015

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 

July 2019

September 2016

May-June 2016

October-April 2016


July 2015 

About Me

Photo: Carmen  Burroughs.

Rachael Whitehead 2020 ©