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Occasional news related to my natural science illustrations


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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Stickleback Limerick

The Threespine Stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, inhabits northern coastal streams in North America along both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Because the fish is so variable, some taxonomists have suggested that …

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A visit to the Rochester Shale

As I began to do research for my recent illustration showing Silurian environments of Ontario (see previous post), I soon came across the excellent website Primitive Worlds – a site …

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Mural of Ontario’s Silurian environments at Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre

May 25 EDIT: Please note, this Grand Reopening is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled for a different date. I’ll post details when I know them. On June 6, the Giant’s …

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Fishes named after animals

Today I came across this article showing lovely photographs of 15 different animals that have been named after food. The fried-egg jellyfish is spectacular! I also think the pineapple fish …

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