Madison Erin Mayfield


Madison is a Natural History Artist native to Texas and currently living in Brisbane, Australia. Her love of science and nature began at a young age when she would spend hours in the exhibits of The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. That passion grew through out the years and drove her to move to the Pacific Northwest to receive a B.S. in Conservation and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Washington where she then went on to complete the Natural Science Illustration Program and graduated as a certified Scientific Illustrator in June of 2016.

Since moving to Australia, Madison has continued to pursue Scientific Illustration while simultaneously finding her place in the world of Natural History Museums. She currently works at the Queensland Museum preparing specimens for the collection, creating and redesigning exhibitions, caring for natural history objects and creating taxidermy mounts for museum display. She’s experienced in scientific field work and specimen collection and believes that there’s nothing more fulfilling than collecting and prepping specimens out in the habitat where they’re found!

In a time when Natural History Museums have all but removed in house artists/preparators/taxidermists and people fail to see the use of scientific illustration as an alternative to photography, Madison hopes to continue to show the importance of blending art and science through her work while teaching the public about the importance of Natural History collections.


Accurate Scientific Representations, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Watercolor, Gouache, Carbon Dust, Pen & Ink, Scratchboard, Colored Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal & Digital Illustration.

museum prep:

Specimen Data Collection, Study Skin Prep, Specimen Collection & Field Prep, Specimen Handling, Exhibition Design & Construction.


Bird & Mammal Mounts, Form Casting, Body Wrapping, Cast Painting.