Salamander Sky, Part 2: Methods & Materials

Happy #SalamanderSaturday! Today I thought I would explain the start-to-finish process of how I illustrated my favorite double page spread, that I call “Emergence.” Katy Farber’s words describe the homes of spotted salamanders — “under layers of earth, snug among the roots” — and how the salamanders must wait for the right spring conditions to … More Salamander Sky, Part 2: Methods & Materials

Alumni Speech

Back June I was invited to be the alumni speaker at the RISD Continuing Education Commencement Ceremony – a very nice honor – and RISD|CE has posted my speech on their website! From RISD|CE “Making Art a Career” Professional illustrator Meg Sodano was the alumni speaker at RISD|CE’s Certificate Program Commencement Ceremony in June 2015. The … More Alumni Speech

The Little Tree

Spring issue!  This one’s all about local parks, gardening, National Bike Month, Earth Day, and the return of the STRAWBERRIES! I contributed a couple of illustrations – this one shows my ideal way to celebrate Earth Day. (Created in Photoshop.)  >>

Cedar Waxwings

For every illustration I must research the subject in order to show accurate anatomy, behavior, color, and environment. Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) are gregarious song birds, moving in flocks to feed on berries and fruits. They don’t sit still for a minute, which makes it hard to study their brightly patterned plumage. When sketching these birds, … More Cedar Waxwings

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 … More Art for the Aquarium