MSc BSc Uni Melb, BVA Monash
Originally from Melbourne, I am a qualified zoologist and artist and in my spare time, volunteer as joint Shorebirds 2020 WA Coordinator for BirdLife Australia to survey and monitor shorebird populations. I currently live in Perth, working full-time as a technician in the School of Animal Biology at The University of Western Australia (UWA).
I am passionate about birds, art, science communication and conservation. Before I pursued a career as a zoologist, I completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Monash University, majoring in Tapestry, then worked as a professional tapestry weaver at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne for 7 years. I now blend my passion for both art and science as a zoological illustrator, with a focus on Australian birds.
In pursuing this project I have been delighted to discover a newfound passion for aviation. As well as the microlight, I am learning to fly an AP-22 Foxbat 3-axis aircraft and have so far logged a total of 30 hours of airtime and am very close to going solo in the microlight to obtain my Recreational Pilot Certificate through Recreational Aviation Australia.
A folio of my artwork is available at www.millyformby.com. Items featuring my work can also be purchased on RedBubble. All profits from sales of my work will go towards supporting Wing Threads – Flight to the Tundra.