Artists do exactly the same thing. They challenge people to see the world differently, to think outside of the box. They also show people the beauty in the world and provide important documentation of the way things are.
Before the age of computers, most scientists were artists. Their field books and lab manuals would have been covered in sketches to illustrate their observations and findings. Before photography, natural history and landscape drawings were the only way to show people what animals and places looked like. They still serve that purpose in some cases- historic bird paintings are also often the best way we can picture extinct species, because skins and taxidermy often doesn't do the trick.
Because I love birds. I love bird art. Artists can portray the attitudes and personalities of birds in ways that photographs often can't. They can capture the details and patterns that are hard to describe catch on film. Watch for more posts of bird and nature inspired art... and hopefully for some art-inspired science.