Author: edamstra


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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New website and 100th blog post!

As I mentioned in the last post at my old blog, I finally have a new website. That means the URL for my blog has changed (although my main website …

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Six illustrations on display at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

This past weekend I attended the Opening Reception for the 2016 Exhibit of the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in Southern Ontario. I …

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Goldenrod prints

The two goldenrod illustrations mentioned in my last post are available as fine art prints, with or without interpretive text. The illustrations are printed at actual size and are offered …

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Goldenrod

It’s late summer and the goldenrods are in bloom! These glorious bright yellow flowers are the crown jewels of summer, in my opinion. Seeing fields of them fills me with …

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A stream restoration, illustrated

This year I had the pleasure of working the City of Kitchener to help communicate the reasons for and impact of a major stream restoration in one of their urban …

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“[T]he visual communication of science is growing increasingly important.”

Today’s issue of the weekly science journal Nature includes an excellent article about the value of science illustration. You can read it here. The author writes about specific collaborations between …

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Spotlight on sea creatures

This year I’ve been illustrating a variety of marine animals for the scuba diving magazine Sport Diver. For each issue, Richard Smith writes an article focusing on a different animal …

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Two new coins – hawk and cougar

I designed these two new releases from the Royal Canadian Mint: The background field on this silver bullion coin has fine lines radiating from the center, which is a nice …

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Polar Bear Fatness Index

Last year I had the opportunity to produce some illustrations for Polar Bears International, an organization devoted to conserving polar bears through research and education. My illustrations of polar bears …

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