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Occasional news related to my natural science illustrations


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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Taxonomist Appreciation Day: Use taxonomy to meet your hero? Ferdinando Boero did!

In 2003 I was illustrating animals for Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia; while doing research for the chapter on hydrozoans (relatives of  jellyfish), I learned that one of the species I …

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Great quote about art and science

Last weekend I visited the McMichael Collection with the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators to see the exhibit “Vanishing Ice.” As described in the promotional material, this exhibit “…offers …

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Danger! A beaver spies a wolf and warns others

The Royal Canadian Mint is now shipping this silver coin bearing my illustration of a beaver about to slap the water with its tail to warn other beavers in the …

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The Mottled Duskywing life cycle: one reason Your Camera Won’t Steal My Job

Last summer, a local scientist developing a recovery strategy for the endangered Mottled Duskywing butterfly (Erynnis martialis) commissioned me to illustrate the life cycle of the insect. Apparently these types …

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Gold Grizzly

This recent coin from the Royal Canadian Mint features a minute but detailed engraving of my illustration of a grizzly bear, photographed here in its protective case. You can see …

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Bald Eagle Bullion

My illustration of a bald eagle carrying a fish can be seen on two different silver coins recently made available by The Royal Canadian Mint. The first is a very …

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SONSI in Lindsay

Beginning today,* The Lindsay Gallery in Lindsay, Ontario is featuring an exhibit of artwork from members of the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators. I am exhibiting five works, including …

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