The Wonder Theory

A different approach to educational illustration.

Learning through wonder was named as one of the top 10 emerging movements in education by the 2019 Innovating Pedagogy report. It’s about time - from Aristotle and Plato, to Rachel Carson and Carl Sagan, many philosophers and scientists throughout history have spoken of the importance of wonder.

Wonder motivates learning, creativity, and a deep engagement with the realities and mysteries of the world. Wonder goes beyond curiosity, as it is not just a longing to know the unknown, but is able to revisit prior knowledge with fresh eyes, as if it were the first time. 

Jennifer’s aim is to not only communicate scientific and social truth through her illustrations, but to evoke a sense of wonder - to open the doors to deeper engagement with ideas and concepts. 

Using a combination of the tactility of traditional media and the expansion of creative possibilities through digital software, Jennifer’s stippled drawings and textured collages attempt to evoke the wonder of the macro and microscopic- a starry night sky, but also the atoms we are made of, a geological landscape, but also the layering of tissues and cells. Jennifer sees her own wonder and engagement, with both subject, and the creative process, as an essential part of making work that inspires such in others.

Jennifer N. R. Smith

is an award winning illustrator and visual artist based in Bristol. Graduating from Camberwell College of Arts, UAL in 2015, Jennifer received a first class Bachelor's degree in Fine Art Drawing. At this time she co-founded Artist Collective 'Perhaps?', and began widening her practice as both a fine artist and an illustrator. 

In 2020, she completed her training in Medical Illustration with the Medical Artists Education Trust, receiving a distinction for her work, and became a fully certified member of the Medical Artist's Association. She has worked with clients such as The British Library, Penguin Random House, Lenny Letter, Nursing Times and First Look Media. 

For more information on Jennifer's work or to contact her about employment opportunities, please feel free to get in touch.


Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Art - Distinction, Medical Artists' Education Trust, 2016 - 2020

BA Drawing - First Class with honours, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 2012 - 2015

Art Foundation, Bath College, 2011 - 2012


Regular contributor to Nursing Times Magazine, August 2020 - Present

Aisling Plastic Surgery Ltd. The dangers of gluteal fat grafting (BBL surgery), Animation, 2020

Eczema Outreach Support, What Does Skin Do?, Animation, 2020 

Hands On Press, Crafting – Transforming Materials & the Maker, 2020

University of Bristol; YOLRED, “I am free from the conflict, but I do not feel free”: experiences of child soldiers in Northern Uganda, 2019

Lenny Letter, Fixing The Opioid Crisis, One Person At a Time, 2018

Read it Forward, 14 Memoirs About Illness and Medicine, 2017

Lenny Letter, Don't Let the Bastards Sell Your Genes, 2017

Topic, Issue No. 2: Female Trouble, The Magic of Animal Menopause, 2017

Lenny Letter, Do Orcas have Hot Flashes?, 2017

Mentor Magazine, Issue 6, Medic Mentor, 2017

Mentor Magazine, Issue 5, Medic Mentor, 2017

Mentor Magazine, Issue 4, Medic Mentor, 2016

Clyde & Co Art Award Catalogue, Clyde & Co, 2015

Degree Show Catalogue, Camberwell Press, 2015

UNIT Catalogue, Camberwell Press, 2014

Owl Pellet Dissection, Notes (Oxford & Cambridge), Issue 11, Feature Image, 2013

Structure and Flow, Notes (Oxford & Cambridge), Issue 7, Front Cover Image, 2013


Barbers Bursary Tuition Award, 2020

Whitaker Award of excellence, Medical Artists' Education Trust, 2017

HIX Award, Finalist, 2015

Clyde & Co Award, Shortlisted, 2015


To the Fore, Silk Mill Studios, Frome, 2019

100 years of Drawing, Camberwell Space, London, 2018

Mixing Signals, Kobi & Teal, Frome, 2017

Online, Perhaps?, London, 2016

Epidermal Dress, Safehouse 1, London, 2016

Drawing, Perhaps?, Crows Nest Gallery, London, 2015

WE ALL DRAW, UAL show, Bargehouse, London, 2015

Springboard, Perhaps?, APT Gallery, London, 2015

Sketchbooks Are Dead, Hackney Downs Studios, London, 2015

HIX Award, CNB Gallery, London, 2015

Undergraduate Summer Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London, 2015

Anatomy, The Old Operating Theatre Museum, London, 2015

Room with a View, Hotel Elephant, London, 2015

The Body Artistic, Asylum, London, 2014

S.T.E.A.M., The Bear Freehouse, London, 2014

Enlightened Perspectives: An Exhibition Working through Science and Art, Churchill College, Cambridge, 2014

Image|Object|Image: New Modes of Representation, Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, Cambridge, 2014

UNIT, Dilston Grove, London, 2014


Crows Nest Space, London, 2015

Hotel Elephant, London, 2015


Curator, Epidermal Dress, Safehouse 1, London, 2016

Curator, Springboard, Perhaps?, APT Gallery, London, 2015

Assistant Curator, PAUSE, House Gallery, London, 2015

Curator, S.T.E.A.M, The Bear Freehouse, London, 2014

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