M. Wheelock is a painter living and working in St. Louis, Missouri. While she works in many mediums and styles, she is best known for her large scale bird paintings on paper. Currently, she is working on a series of paintings derived from the enormous bird specimen collection at the Field Museum in Chicago that focuses on, but not always limited to, species that migrates through the N. American Midwest but are unfortunately, declining in population. "While the beauty of these birds are enough to make me want to paint them, I hope to also shed light on their very existence and the significance that the collections at the Field and other such institutions have to science and research. The birds truly are beautiful to behold in the drawers, but we must try our best not to let this be the only way one can ever see them."