Astrid Monique Padilla is an artist and illustrator who resides in Ann Arbor, MI. She spends most of her time throughout the year on Mackinac Island with her family. After studying Fine Art at Idyllwild Arts Academy and then the Savannah College of Art & Design. What began as sketching wildlife she observed on local trails, matured into a drive to create artwork that inspires curiosity, connection, and caring in the community about the ever present wildlife in our daily lives.
Her work continues to expand as she becomes more involved with Washtenaw Safe Passage rescuing injured birds for rehabilitation, collecting and preparing ornithological specimens for scientific research at the University of Michigan Zoological collection, doing field work for City of Ann Arbor Nature Area Preservation Department and as a board member of Washtenaw Audubon Society.