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Occasional news related to my natural science illustrations


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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American Innovation: The Trustee’s Garden

The innovation featured in my design is the Trustee's Garden, a unique experimental garden established in Georgia in the 1730s....Nature-related subjects are always the most inspiring to me, and as a gardener myself, I especially enjoyed reading about and illustrating the significant species in the Trustee's Garden.
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The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Quarter

I'm excited that this quarter has now been released into circulation. Keep an eye out for shiny quarters in your change, my friends!
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Etymology and Stippling

Since last summer, I’ve been working on a series of 21 black and white line and stipple illustrations for a book about scientific names as tributes to people. This month, …

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Honoring the contributions of Native Americans to the U.S. Space Program

Since 2009, The United States Mint has annually minted a new one dollar coin honouring a Native American or group of Native Americans. The reverse of the 2019 Native American …

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Colorful new coins; shark, grizzly, wolf, and maples

In the last month or so, the Royal Canadian Mint has released four different nature-themed coins that I designed. This Great White shark swimming through a school of Atlantic mackerel …

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