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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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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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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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On the radio!

Recently, the United States Mint announced the designs for the 2019 America the Beautiful quarters, and I'm happy to say that one of them is a design I created....Not long after the announcement, reporter James Dawson from the Boise State NPR radio station asked to interview me about my design....You can hear the 4 min. 44 sec. interview here.
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The 2018 Conference of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

During the week of July 15 to 22, I was in Washington DC for the 2018 Conference of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. It happened to be the 50th …

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A Congressional Gold Medal design

...because I am part of the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program, I was one of the artists invited to submit designs for the OSS medal. I feel privileged to have made a small contribution toward honoring courageous people who served in the OSS...
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Breast Cancer Awareness coin designs

As I began considering ideas for this coin design, I quickly realized that – to me – a design about breast cancer awareness should focus on the people affected by it rather than an impersonal image of the cancer itself or the body parts involved. I thought it important for the design to convey some of the emotions people feel when faced with the cancer, whether they are patients, survivors, or the friends and family members of breast cancer patients and survivors.
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Atlantic salmon infographic: Tracking Smolt – Emily S. Damstra

The autumn 2017 issue of Atlantic Salmon Journal included a complex two-page illustration I created to help explain the life cycle of Atlantic salmon and how Atlantic Salmon Federation biologists catch smolt …

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