About the Artist

So who is behind all those penguins?


Jennifer (Jeni) Fairman, that’s who!


fairmantracebitmapJeni brings over 20 years of experience in science, education, business, research, communication and design to be an effective visual problem-solver. Her creativity thrives when challenged by clients with new concepts. She is eager to utilize her diverse interests to broaden the spectrum of her practice into new areas of science through biomedical communication. Her work is highly recognized by the Association of Medical Illustrators, Illustrators Club of DC, The National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Women’s Committee, James Smithson Society, and the Vesalius Trust.

Jeni received a BS in Biological Sciences and a BA in Studio Art while minoring in German language from the University of Maryland. She also received her MA in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she currently is an Assistant Professor in the graduate program of Art as Applied to Medicine.

She served as a scientific illustrator and research associate in entomology for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC within the National Museum of Natural History. She also interned for Hurd Studios in Brooklyn, New York, one of the pioneers in medical animation, where she story-boarded and illustrated for patient education medical videos.

Since founding Fairman Studios in 2000, Jeni has helped clients like researchers, physicians, engineers, museums and zoos, like the St. Louis Zoo, tell their stories through accurate and aesthetic communication visuals. With a rich background in both traditional and digital media, Jeni innovates and strategizes the most effective solutions for her clients’ audiences.

To see more of what she offers her clients, visit her studio at fairmanstudios.com!