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Occasional news related to my natural science illustrations


The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter

Native plants and the insects they support are subjects I’m passionate about, so when the opportunity arose for me to submit a design for the America the Beautiful quarter featuring Tallgrass …

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American Innovation: The Telephone

... it's fitting that the Massachusetts dollar in the United States Mint's American Innovation $1 Coin series highlights the invention of the telephone....It's a straightforward design showing the dial of an early rotary telephone. I ultimately landed on this design idea after sifting through many images of early telephones, including the diagram in Bell's original 1876 telephone patent...
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A fossil worm new to science, but half a billion years old

About a year ago I was finalizing an illustration of a very special fossil invertebrate that hadn’t yet been officially named or described….It is exciting to see that Dr. Nanglu’s and Dr. Caron’s research about the fossil, named Gyaltsenglossus senis, is now published, along with my illustration….I’m so thrilled to have played a role in bringing this Burgess Shale animal to life.

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Interview and Virtual Exhibit of book illustrations

CreatedHere Magazine is a publication and website showcasing New Brunswick artists, and despite my Ontario address my work appears in the magazine’s latest feature. It’s a virtual exhibit of the …

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An Early Jurassic ammonoid

This past April I completed a commission for amateur paleontologist W.C. (Cory) Brimblecombe, who asked me to create a painting of an Early Jurassic ammonoid fossil. (Ammonoids are extinct relatives …

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Illustrating grassland birds in their habitat

....I worked closely with BECO's Executive Director and Wildlife Biologist Zoé Lebrun-Southcott and Research Scientist Andrew Campomizzi to develop their vision of a fairly complex illustration showing an agricultural landscape in two seasons, populated with some of Ontario's songbirds and their hidden nests....
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The Coin World Podcast

...I was honoured to be interviewed in Episode 52 about my experiences designing coins for the United States and for Canada. The interview can be heard here...
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Ocean sunfish tattoo tribute

Once in awhile, people seek my permission to use one of my illustrations as the basis for their tattoo. Most recently, Shumpei Maruyama asked about using my illustration of the …

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Charles Darwin’s Barnacle and David Bowie’s Spider

As someone who enjoys any compelling story that’s well told, I’m a fan of Stephen B. Heard‘s new book Charles Darwin’s Barnacle and David Bowie’s Spider; How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, …

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The Mottled Duskywing life cycle, revised

Back in 2014, I wrote about a commission by a local scientist to illustrate the life cycle of the Mottled Duskywing butterfly. At the time, the pupa stage (chrysalis) was …

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