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Illustrations, Posters & Signs

I specialize in natural history, wildlife, environmental and agricultural subjects to create visual art work that is eye-catching and dramatic as well as a precise and accurate depiction of the subject. My illustrations have been published in books, magazines, publicity and educational material and used on signs and posters. My work is suitable for museums, nature centers, wildlife refuges, parks, zoos, farms, historical societies, animal shelters, and equestrian centers. I also create work for businesses, individuals, and private or non-profit organizations. I use a variety of black-and-white and color mediums, and will meet with you to discuss work for your specific needs.

Woodcut Relief Print

I have been carving unique, boldly-designed woodcuts for over thirty years, producing relief prints that have been published as book illustrations, magazine covers and posters. Most of my woodcuts are in the traditional black-and-white, although sometimes I color them with watercolor. Woodcuts are the oldest form of visual art reproduction, used to illustrate books printed on the earliest printing presses. Woodcuts are made by carving the images in reverse on a block of wood, then inking the block with a roller (brayer), laying a sheet of paper over the inked block, and rubbing it by hand or running the block through a press until the ink is transferred evenly onto the paper.

Producing a series of woodcut prints for illustration is a relatively time-consuming process, but the results are truly striking and unusual.

Drawings in Pen and Ink, Pencil and Colored Pencil

Pen and Ink.  This medium is very effective for scientifically-accurate illustrations of animals, plants, and objects that require a clear rendition of every detail of the image. Pen and ink drawings can also be done in a looser, more sketch-like style that is appropriate for less formal, more artistic illustrations.  I have used pen and ink for nature trail signs, nature center signs, magazine illustrations and posters. Pen and ink illustrations can be black-and-white, or colored with watercolor or colored inks.

Pencil. The graphite used in drawing pencil varies from very hard, which produces a crisp, clean line, to very soft, suitable for infinite shadings from misty gray to dense black. When several varieties of graphite are used in a drawing, it can produce an intriguing result of complexly molded shadows and fine, detailed lines.

Colored Pencil. This medium combines the qualities of graphite pencil with the transparent color of watercolor. It is a good medium for sketch-like illustrations or for providing tints of color to pen and ink drawings.

Paintings in Watercolor, Latex and Oil

Watercolor. This transparent, highly fluid paint medium evokes a sense of flickering light and movement which is highly effective for conveying mood in an illustration. I have been working in watercolor all my life, often using it along with pencil and pen and ink for sketches done outside in the field.

Latex. I have worked in this opaque, highly durable paint medium for over thirty years, producing bright, densely-colored paintings, signs, exhibit work and murals for interior and exterior use. Although I most often use latex as it was designed to cover large areas with opaque, boldly colored paint such as in murals, I also use it with the finest of brushes to create small, strikingly brilliant illustrations for posters, signs and publications.

Oil. This painting medium in its conventional usage is most often associated with fine art paintings. However, I find oil to be a highly malleable medium capable of producing an endless variety of painting effects in illustration work, ranging from densely opaque through translucent layering to transparent as watercolor. In my illustration work I often combine transparent oil paint with graphite pencil or use it to color photographs for collage.