A little about me


Nature has long been a subject that feeds my inclination to draw. The imagery I create reveals my affinity for details, delight in colour, desire for scientific accuracy, and tendency to spend a lot of time doing research about my subjects. Whatever the medium, I believe that art is a way of learning, both for the artist and for the viewers of the artwork. Through art I’ve been fortunate to explore subjects as diverse as entomology, ichthyology, zoology, paleontology, botany, and archaeology. My passion for learning and educating and my interest in the natural world have propelled me through a 16-year career as a full-time, self-employed natural science illustrator.



What I do

I create distinctive natural science illustrations for diverse clients worldwide, including businesses, individuals, publishers, governmental and not-for-profit organizations, advertising agencies and design firms. I work with scientists, art directors, editors, educators, graphic designers, and many other individuals to deliver high quality custom art for a variety of uses.

Experience

My experience includes projects small and large. A small sampling:

• Several interpretive sign illustrations for a local municipality’s natural areas
• An ongoing series of marine life illustrations for a scuba diving magazine
• More than two dozen coin designs for the Royal Canadian Mint
• A series of pest illustrations for an advertising agency and their client, a large pest control company.
• Dozens of freshwater fish illustrations for a not-for-profit educational organization
• Over 500 illustrations of animal life for an encyclopedia
• Numerous line and color illustrations for the books The Great Lakes; The Natural History of a Changing Region and The Atlantic Coast: A Natural history

Background

My education includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in Science Illustration from the University of Michigan. That program that enabled me to take graduate-level science courses alongside the instruction I received in science illustration.

I am a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrations, as well the Founder and President of the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators.



Some of my projects

goldenrod flowers illustration

Goldenrod

brook trout black crappie fish illustrations

Great Lakes fishes

stream restoration illustration

complex interpretive

coin design

coin designs