Author: edamstra


An Arctic hare at full speed, in silver

Last year I received an invitation from the Royal Canadian Mint last year to submit a coin design featuring a Canadian hare in action. I thought it would be interesting …

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Interpretive sign illustration at Royal Botanical Gardens

A few years ago I created this illustration showing the first people to introduce corn to Southern Ontario around AD 500 – 1000. This culture was first identified (or at …

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2016 Coin of the Year awards

Last week I was happy to learn that one of my coin designs received a 2016 Coin of the Year Award. It’s this colored silver coin showing an autumn view …

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People’s Choice Awards from recent SONSI exhibit

The recent SONSI exhibit of nature and science illustrations has come to an end, at least for one location. During the exhibit, people who visited the Giants Rib Discovery Centre …

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Red, orange, yellow, GOLD

Like many people, I’m delighted by the colorful leaves autumn brings. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to develop a coin design that immersed me in autumn well before …

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Great Horned Owl bullion coin

Late this summer, the Royal Canadian Mint released the final bullion coin in a series of four Birds of Prey. It’s the Great Horned Owl. You can see my initials …

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The 2015 SONSI Exhibit: The Natural and Cultural History of Southern Ontario

Once again, I’m participating in an exhibit with the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators. This year, our exhibit is hosted by the Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre, the same place …

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Update on Silurian Mural at Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre

My six-foot-by-four-foot illustration of three different Silurian environments in Southern Ontario is now on display at the Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. The Centre is …

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Gold lobster

Last year I visited a local seafood store and brought home this live lobster: The Royal Canadian Mint had invited me to submit a coin design showing a Canadian lobster, …

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Sea Urchin spines

I recently had an opportunity to visit the Ramsay Wright Zoological Laboratory on the campus of the University of Toronto. The lab houses an impressive collection of zoological specimens and …

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