This Northern Short-Tailed Shrew (Blarina brevicauda) was illustrated as part of the Com.En.ART artist-in-residence program at the Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station (Rensselaerville, NY). The lakes, meadows, and waterfall in the historical preserve are meandered by trails and the entire area is an inspiring and rich working environment for artists and scientists alike.
The animal was found dead of natural causes during a hike in the preserve’s trails and brought to life with watercolors.
Client: Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station – Com.En.ART residency
Minks (American Mink, Neovison vison) look deceivingly adorable but are fierce predators and skilled swimmers specialized in catching fish prey such as Brook Trout. This watercolor was commissioned by a private collector that looked for a piece in the same style as I painted the Northern Short-Tailed Shrew.
Bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) and purple foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
Client: Natural History Store
North America west coast native species of hummingbirds: Anna (Calypte anna, above), Allen (Selasphorus sasin, right) and Rufous (Selasphorus rufus)
Botanical plate of a Calla Lily (Zantedeschia sp.)