© 2019 by Elena Hartley

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About Me

When you see a rock on the ground, you may not give it a second of thought. When I look at that rock, I see a capsule packed full of chapters from Earth's story. 

I'm a visual science communicator. Science can be vague, too complex or straight up confusing. That's why illustrations and figures are crucial to public understanding. My goal with my science illustration is to inspire people to give objects, even an everyday rock on the street, a chance to spark some interest. 


Born and raised in good ol' Atlanta, GA. I graduated from Oberlin College in 2018, earning degrees in geology and chemistry. Currently, I am pursuing a degree from the Science Illustration Certificate Program at California State University, Monterey Bay.

I specialize in digital artwork but I also paint and sketch.

Outside of science illustration, I write comics, design creatures and, of course, collect rocks.


My work has been featured in ScienceNews Magazine, SciTech Daily, EarthSky, FoxNews, Universe Today, Geophysical Research Letters, and Vector: The Boston Children's Hospital Blog 

What does it stand for?

I work in the following programs:

E stands for me! It's my family's given nickname.

Lab (short for laboratory) represents any place where scientific research is done.

Arts... well, that's obvious.