Author: edamstra


Atlantic salmon infographic: Tracking Smolt – Emily S. Damstra

The autumn 2017 issue of Atlantic Salmon Journal included a complex two-page illustration I created to help explain the life cycle of Atlantic salmon and how Atlantic Salmon Federation biologists catch smolt …

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New prints available

I’ve added over a dozen new illustrations to my Fine Art America site, so these are now available as prints (and on other merchandise). There is also a link to …

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Garden Activity Sign illustrations

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with Shelagh Smith, a horticultural therapist, to bring her vision of illustrated garden activity signs to life. It was a challenge …

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Please, enough with the dead butterflies!

I suspect that the field guide photos of dead, pinned butterflies are the ultimate (though unwitting) source of my pet peeve: The pervasive phenomenon of butterflies in popular culture being shown as dead, with the trailing edge of their forewings perpendicular to their body. Here are some examples:
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A great read (and a few fish illustrations)

Last year, journalist Dan Egan contacted me to ask about licensing some of my fish illustrations for a book he was writing about the Great Lakes. This spring, the product …

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2017 Boys Town commemorative silver dollar

The United States Mint has recently begun selling the Boys Town coins that I wrote about earlier. There are two different versions available; proof (pictured in this post) and uncirculated. …

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More marine life illustrations

  Adding to my earlier selection of new sea creature illustrations, I am posting the most recent assignments I’ve completed for Sport Diver magazine.

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Artwork in new Toronto Gallery: Nature Art Studio

I’m excited to announce that some of my artwork will be part of the inaugural exhibit of the brand new Toronto art gallery and classroom Nature Art Studio, located at 2837 …

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Science Art gift ideas

Yesterday, the Science Borealis blog published a post showcasing 19 different products by Canadian science artists, including prints by yours truly. If you are interested in unique science-art-themed gift ideas, …

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Boys Town commemorative coin design

I’m thrilled to announce that my coin design work will soon touch two countries: Canada (where I currently live) and – in 2017 – the United States (where I was …

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