Since the very beginning of my career, I’ve been illustrating fishes of the Great Lakes region with the keen and generous guidance of the extraordinary fish biologist Dr. Gerald R. Smith (Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology and Museum of Paleontology). Jerry’s deep knowledge of fish morphology across a vast number of species has been an invaluable resource, and his encouragement and trust in the early years of my freelance career were instrumental to my success.
I’ve had the privilege of working with him on several projects with a few different partners, including these publications:
• Smith, Gerald R. Guide to Great Lakes Fishes. The University of Michigan Press, 2010.
• Hubbs, Carl L., Karl F. Lagler and Gerald R. Smith. Fishes of the Great Lakes Region, Revised Edition. The University of Michigan Press, 2004
• Dann, Shari L. and Brandon C. Schroeder. The Life of the Lakes: A Guide to the Great Lakes Fishery. Michigan Sea Grant College Program, 2003
Below are the fishes I’ve illustrated from the Great Lakes region.