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Artist takes part in SCCF illustration internship

By SCCF - | Oct 23, 2020

SCCF Samantha “Sami” Chang works on an illustration that depicts the morphological differences between Sanibel's native rice rat and the introduced black/palm rat in her home studio in California.

Earlier this year, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation brought Samantha “Sami” Chang onboard for an “artist-in-residence” internship. The goal of the internship was to work alongside SCCF Special Projects Manager Justin Proctor in creating original and engaging artwork to be incorporated into new trail interpretive signage for the Sanibel Slough Trails within the Erick Lindblad Preserve.

Chang is a student in the Science Illustration Program at California State University in Monterey Bay, and she has a strong interest in and talent for drawing flora, fauna and landscapes. However, just as Chang was going to board a plane for Southwest Florida, COVID-19 hit the United States in full force.

Although the “in-residence” half of the internship would not ultimately transpire, Chang was able to overcome the challenges of working remotely and produced more than a dozen detailed illustrations of some of Sanibel’s wildlife and scenery. Her work will ultimately be featured on the new trail signage.