Traditional Illustrations

'Reminisce.' Chalk pastel on paper.

'Fear and Loathing in Wonderland.'
Gouache on illustration board.

'The Nemophilist.' India Ink on paper.

'Self.' Acrylic on illustration board.

'Insectinsanity.' India ink on paper.

'Double Crested Cormorant.' Acrylic paint on paper. Done for the Arty Bird Card Project, to be used as an ID card for a deck of flashcards depicting native birds of Vancouver Island. The deck consists of 36 bird species all created by Victoria local illustrators for the Rocky Point Bird Observatory.

'Red Breasted Sapsucker.' Acrylic paint on paper. The second annual piece done for the Arty Bird Card Project, to be used as an ID card for a deck of flashcards depicting native birds of Vancouver Island. The deck consists of 36 bird species all created by Victoria local illustrators for the Rocky Point Bird Observatory.

'Shaggy Manes - Coprinus Comatus.' Ink and watercolour on hot pressed watercolour paper. This piece was also created be used as an ID card, though for the 2022 deck the artists depictions were for a deck of flashcards depicting mushrooms of Vancouver Island. The deck consists of 36 different fungi all created by Victoria local illustrators for the Metchosin Foundation in support of old growth forest preservation. Painted from reference images of several sightings around my yard.

'Iron Mine Bay.' Watercolour on hot pressed watercolour paper, painted plein air.

'Rue D'ardiglione - Firenze, Italia.' Acrylic on illustration board.
This was the view from the front stoop of the apartment I rented while studying in Italy, painted plein air.

'Vicolo a Firenze.' Acrylic paint on illustration board, painted plein air.

'Ganesha, Lord of Obstacles.' Acrylic on canvas. This piece was a commission for a friend. The descriptors were "Ganesha's head, but more modernized with simple lines and symbols" with a few reference images. I had a lot of fun with this challenge outside of my normal style.
I played with a technique on this piece that I am very happy with the result. The blue background is a very high gloss layered and directional brushstrokes, the elephant is done in very matte paints, and the orange 'gold' paints are not metallic but done in a high gloss again with pearl highlights mixed in. The result was this great effect depending on the lighting. Bright light would bring the elephants subtle blues into the forefront, or as pictured here in soft lower lighting the figure steps back into shadow.

Ganesha in Bright light for comparison.

Here is a not-so-traditional piece! If you've followed here through my nature journal pieces, you'll have seen a lot of mushroom illustrations as of late. This here is a bit of magic I learned was possible with the help of mycologists Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon on a walk through the woods. This is an artist's conk mushroom, ganoderma applanatum, and these fascinating conks have an almst purely white pored underside, which when it is pressed or scored into will produce an espresso tone almost immediately! Nature really is magic! This piece has since dried and turned more of a sepia tone where the whites show here when freshly knocked off a doug fir.

My quick conk etch-sketch actually got featured in Andy and Kem's field guidebook Mushrooms of British Columbia! What I wasn't expecting when asked to sign off on the publication of this image, was that this would be the title page of the entire polypore section of the book! So happy to have my signed copy on the shelf sitting next to the conk itself. If you are interested in mycology, this book is definitely a great learning tool!

Description

My traditional pieces are probably some of the most varied. Experimenting hands-on is one of my greatest pleasures that I admit does not always pan out! I have curated the few works seen here from a much larger collection, created in the span of 2012 – 2022.

Date

2012-2020