Katrina van Grouw

Visiting Science Author and Illustrator

October 29-November 5, 2013

See the press release here.

Download the events flyer here!


“A Very Fine Swan Indeed: Art, Science and ”The Unfeathered Bird”

Thursday, October 31 - download the flyer
4:10 PM
Berry Center auditorium (10th and Lewis St.)

Followed by a book sale and signing in the Berry Center lobby
Co-sponsored by UW Biodiversity Institute and Zoology & Physiology
Free and open to the public.

Can't make it to the talk?  Watch it from your home or office on WyoCast!


Art Exhibition in the Museum of Vertebrates

Friday, November 1 - download the flyer
Berry Center 133
(10th and Lewis St.)
Free and open to the public.

Presentations and socializing with the artist; Art available for viewing and purchase; Introduction by Steve Bodio, nonfiction and natural history writer.  Katrina's book, The Unfeathered Bird, will also be available for purchase and signing.


Natural History Specimens Drawing Workshop

Monday, November 4 - download the flyer
8:00am-2:00pm (lunch provided)
UW Geological Museum
(10th and Lewis St.)



Fuzz to Feathers to Flight: how birds arose from dinosaurs and took the air

New Geological Museum Exhibit Unveiling and Reception

Monday, November 4 - download the flyer
6:00-8:00 pm
UW Geological Museum (10th and Lewis St.)

Free and open to the public; Drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided.



The Unfeathered Bird

From "The Unfeathered Bird" http://www.unfeatheredbird.com


There is more to a bird than simply feathers. And just because birds evolved from a single flying ancestor, doesn’t mean they are structurally all the same. With over 300 stunning drawings representing 200 species, The Unfeathered Bird is the most richly illustrated book on bird anatomy ever produced and offers a refreshingly original insight into what goes on beneath the surface. Each exquisite drawing is made from an actual specimen and reproduced in sumptuous large format. The birds are shown in lifelike positions and engaged in behavior typical of the species: a fish’s-eye view of a swimming loon skeleton, the musculature of a porpoising penguin, and an unfeathered sparrowhawk plucking its prey. Jargon free and easily accessible to any reader, the lively text relates birds’ anatomy with their lifestyle and evolution, examining such questions as, why penguins are bigger than auks, whether harrier hawks really have double-jointed legs, and the difference between wing claws and wing spurs. A landmark in popular ornithological literature, The Unfeathered Bird is a must for anyone with an appreciation of birds, bird art, or both.

About Katrina van Grouw

From "The Unfeathered Bird" http://www.unfeatheredbird.com

theauthor.jpgKatrina van Grouw (formerly Katrina Cook) has been a self-employed fine artist since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1992 where she gained an MA in Natural History Illustration for an illustrated thesis on bird anatomy for artists. Continuing this research to ultimately produce The Unfeathered Bird has been her lifelong ambition.

In her personal, more expressive, artwork, she’s particularly inspired by geological formations and seabird colonies. You can see some of Katrina’s large seascape drawings here. She also illustrates books by other authors; most recently Bird Sense, by Tim Birkhead.

Although she has had no formal scientific training, Katrina’s ornithological knowledge, including skills as a specimen preparator and taxidermist, gained her a curatorial position in the bird skin collections at London’s Natural History Museum, based at Tring in Hertfordshire. She remained in this post for seven years before leaving in 2010 to concentrate on completing The Unfeathered Bird. Katrina is also a qualified bird bander and has travelled widely on international bird banding expeditions in Africa and South America.

An enthusiast of historical illustrated natural history books and an expert on traditional printing techniques, you can see some of Katrina’s original drypoint engravings here. And here’s a short film of her in action, engraving and printing a copper plate. This film was made for the Natural History Museum’s Images of Nature Gallery. Katrina regularly undertakes consultancy work for libraries and publishers and has written a book on the history of bird art, Birds, for Quercus books in 2007, due to be re-released shortly. She also writes regular articles for bird and bird art magazines about various aspects of bird art – contemporary and historical.

Katrina lives in Buckinghamshire, England, and spends her free time walking on the chalk downs with her dog, Feather. She’s keen to someday publish a book of the tiny landscape drawings and drypoints she’s produced there.

But meanwhile she’s already begun work on her next book of anatomical drawings, also to be published by Princeton: Unnatural Selection will focus on the skeletal structure of domesticated animals.