Maria Jost is a Tacoma-based artist whose work is primarily influenced and inspired by the biological sciences. She creates small illustrative pieces using watercolor, ink and collage elements made from original illustrations, and larger installations using a variety of materials and digital editing techniques. In recent and in-progress projects, Jost explores innovative ways to create temporary or permanent installations that directly engage and impact viewers and community members. Newer work includes digital illustrations for a pop science book about cells and cellular processes, and Hidden Jewels, an multimedia brain health tool designed to support mental and somatic health. Topics of illustrative work and past projects include human uses and interactions with local flora and fauna, the cycling of energy and matter within an ecosystem, natural selection, the plight of marine organisms, and most recently, neurodiversity and brain health.