A new series of commissioned pet portraits done in a technique known as scratchboard. Scratchboard is not a photograph. Developed in the 1800s, it is a form of hand-illustrated engraving that is making a resurgence in the fine-art world. A masonite panel is covered with white Kaolin clay, followed by a thin layer of black India ink. Using a small blade, I "scratch" away the black ink, exposing a variable degree of white clay underneath and creating a highly-detailed and nuanced portrait that can last forever.
Feel free to write me through the Contact page here or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in discussing a portrait! Portraits start at $500 for an 8x10" size, featuring one animal, and can take 4-6 weeks to be completed. Other variations or larger sizes can also be discussed. Have a beloved feline or horse companion instead? All species deserve some love; contact me and we can make it happen.
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German Shepherd (blind since birth); 8x10”
Husky/Shepherd mix; 8x10".
Labrador Retriever; 8x10”
Mixed breed, 8x10".
Mixed breed/Rescue; 8x10".
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Chihuahua Mix; 11x14".
Framed portrait sent by her owner for me to see the final result. Love his choices!
Labrador Retriever; 10x8”
English Springer Spaniel, 9x12".
Chow/Cattle Dog Mix; 8x10"
French Bulldog, 8x10".
Past Work in Progress
"Lestat", the Frenchie, coming to life....
Chocolate Labrador Retriever; 8x10"
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; 8x10”
Black Labrador Retriever; 8x10"
"Murphy and Millie"
Miniature Schnauzer and "Silky" Yorkshire Terrier; 12x9"
Mixed breed; 8x10”
A favorite medium of mine for natural history paintings and illustrations.
"Chippewa Flowage Map"
Privately commissioned for my client’s family cabin on the shores of the Chippewa Flowage. She was looking for something technically accurate and yet more artistic than the typical fold-out. My first attempt at a watercolor map and it has inspired me to create more. 24”x18'“.
"Giant Pacific Octopus"
Enteroctopus dofleini. Inspired by the specimen at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, this was painted on a scrap piece of black mat board. 4x4".
"Great Blue Heron"
Ardea herodias. Along with the Sandhill Cranes, part of a private commission. 16x23".
Grus canadensis. Private commission. 16x23".
Painted on black mat board, this piece was created to illustrate the various shapes, colors and sizes found among deep-sea jellies. 22x15".
Thaumoctopus mimicus. Created for an educational display, the octopus and fish were painted in gouache, with text digitally added later.
Private commission of the client's hunting dog. 16x23".
Traditional botanical dissection plate rendered in gouache and graphite. 11x14".
Aix sponsa. Private commission.
Privately commissioned by co-workers for a marine biologist who had worked tirelessly for the education, conservation and research of marine animals around the state of Florida. It was requested that her favorite species have special attention; they were rendered in full color. 16x23".
Pen and Ink
Pen and ink is how professional illustration all started for me. I enjoy the stippling technique, and do layer upon layer to get details of form and shading accurate.
Eurypelma sp.. 8.5x10".
One of four in a privately-commissioned series, highlighting trees around Madison, WI that the client had always loved. Each was picked for its personality to shine in a specific season. 23x16".
Privately commissioned by a marine mammal trainer at the Shedd, highlighting his favorite specific animals, along with the iconic front steps of the Aquarium itself. 15x22".
Value study for a future painting.
"Bells of Ireland"
Molucella laevis. Graphite on coquille board.
A range of subjects and purposes, from private commissions to educational exhibits and biomedical research.
"Inside a Sea Urchin"
Cutaway rendering based on textual descriptions found in marine research, imagining the hydrostatic pressure still maintained. Spines were rendered in graphite, organs digitally rendered.
"Amazon Exhibit, Shedd Aquarium"
Five of 20 fish identifications created for the Shedd Aquarium's Amazon exhibit. (Copyright John G. Shedd Aquarium, used with permission)
One of a series commissioned to illustrate research performed on bacterial symbiosis with the epithelium of the squid.
"You Are Here"
A broken-down map of our solar system's location within our home galaxy.
"Toxic Plant Field Guide"
Illustrations created for a variety of medical clients, both human and veterinary.
Placental Variation prints
Commissioned pieces for a veterinary reproductive physiologist; 13x24” each, pen and ink; 2018.
Ovine (Sheep) Placenta print
13x24”; pen and ink; 2018.
Basis for series of illustrations showing potential wound healing techniques.
"Repair of Oronasal Fistula"
Illustrating the use of a free auricular cartilage graft to repair an oronasal fistula in a canine, as well as the placement of the cartilage and the sutures.
Illustrating the angle of suture in relation to a damaged cranial cruciate ligament in a canine, and the placement of suture through the proximal tibia and fabella; pen and ink.
Illustrating the surgical stabilization and placement of pins for a broken humerus in a whooping crane.
Basis for a series of illustrations showing correct angles for ultrasound imaging.
"Cows Need Doctors, Too!"
One of two activity/coloring books commissioned to educate children about the importance of veterinary medicine.