Forensic artists are law enforcement personnel who use artistic skill and facial imaging techniques to assist in the identification of criminal suspects, the recovery of missing children and adults, and the identification of unidentified remains.

There are only about 300 or so forensic artists in the US, and most do the work as a collateral duty in addition to their regular job within the agency, such as police officer, dispatcher, or evidence technician. There are only about 30 full-time forensic artists, and we usually work in state or federal agencies.

Essentially, our job is to help identify the living and the deceased, through Composite Sketches, Age-Progressed Imagery, Facial Approximations from the Skull, and Post-Mortem Imagery.