Mattias Lanas grew up in Santiago, Chile, where family visits to the seashore fostered a love for tide-pooling and natural history. After graduating with an Earth Systems degree from Stanford University in 2012, Mattias completed the Science Illustration Certificate Program at California State University, Monterey Bay. Today he enjoys leading field sketching trips, teaching beginner watercolor classes, and working on illustration commissions related to the field of conservation. When not in the studio, Mattias can be found reading online articles on tropical biology, doing pottery, or looking for colorful insects in his backyard.