Art for the Aquarium

This series of anatomical illustrations of marine invertebrates was created for Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT.  The artwork will play an important role in educating guests and school groups about some local marine animals they can encounter at the Aquarium and the nearby shore.  My hope is that these images will inspire curiosity among adults and children alike and encourage them to appreciate and protect our marine environments.

Animals in the Touch Tank Exhibit

With ink line and wash on watercolor paper, I have shown the ventral and dorsal sides of six species common along the shores of southern New England.

  • Channeled Whelk (Busyccotypus canaliculatus)
  • Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus)
  • American Lobster (Homarus americanus)
  • Atlantic Rock Crab (Cancer irroratus)
  • Forbes’ Sea Star (Asterias forbesii)
  • Common Spider Crab (Libinia emarginata)

Anatomy of a Squid

Additionally, I designed a pair of  posters to illustrate the internal and external anatomy of a short-finned squid (Illex illecebrosus).  The posters are each 36″ x 24″ and entirely digital, created in Adobe Illustrator. They will be used by Mystic Aquarium’s educators as visual aids for squid dissections.

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