Thresher Sharks are easily my favorite shark. The common thresher can grow up to 20 feet long and their tail accounts for half of that length. It uses its massive tail to strike fish and stun them, making them easier to catch. Commonly targeted for their large fins, thresher sharks suffer on a large scale from shark finning markets. This is a shame, because they are beautiful and quite shy animals. Colored Pencil
This piece demonstrates how Beloniforms utilize Snell's Window in order to surprise their prey.
This piece depicts the unusual behavior where an algal grazer actively preys upon an oyster.
Arachnology and Entomology
The Mantis Jumping Spider
This is a fictional species I created by combining features of the peacock jumping spiders of Australia, and a mantis shrimp. The smashing pedipalps (front legs) are utilized to hunt beetles, as their hard exoskeletons make them invulnerable to most spiders. Scratchboard
Pen & Ink
The University of Queensland Lake Diversity
This piece, and my proposed text layout, was created for The University of Queensland's Properties and Facilities Division in Brisbane, Australia. This interpretive panel sheds light on the diversity of life in The University of Queensland's fresh water lake systems. I couldn't resist squeezing a jumping spider in the upper right corner. If you have been on my website or seen my work before, you will know I have a particular interest in jumping spiders.
Weasel War Dance
This piece depicts a unique behavior in mustelids, known as the weasel war dance. In this scenario, a stoat (Mustela erminea) uses the dance to confuse its prey, the much larger European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and get close enough for the death blow.
Photoshop and Illustrator
Pen and Ink
Black Oyster Catcher Washing Food
Behavior is one of my favorite things to illustrate. You can explain how you saw an animal perform an unusual behavior all day, but the magnitude of a behavior doesn't often hit you unless you can see it. In this instance I have witnessed many seabirds bring food from one location all the way down to the surf, to wash it off before eating it. In one instance, I witnessed seagulls on the Great Barrier Reef Preforming this action with caterpillars found on the interior of the island. This image is a scratchboard illustration of the oyster catcher that resides at the Monterey Bay Aquarium bringing its food from the back of the enclosure to wash it at the waters edge.
Gibbon and Human Hand Bones
This piece compares the hand bones of a human being to a gibbon. Gibbons hands have developed specifically for brachiation (swinging through the trees) as opposed to ours which have evolved to master tool usage. Photoshop and Illustrator
Oyster Shell Study
Pen & Ink
Sketches and Field Work
Giant River Otter
Field Sketching is one of the great ways of merging the creative with the scientific. When I can apply both science and art to one of my favorite animal families (Mustelids), I am a happy human.
Sketched at the Monterey Aquarium
Drew the Jumping Spider
Sketch of Phidippus johnsoni
Sand Dollar with Barnacles
This piece is meant to be an exercise in the whimsical and captures a combination of fantasy art with an emphasis on realism. Represented here are the original 12 bug type Pokémon, illustrated how I think they should look in real life. All of the Pokémon are roughly based off of a real life species, and are numbered according to their original numeric value in the Pokèdex database. 10-12 is a straightforward look at a butterfly life cycle with Caterpie, Metapod, and Butterfree. 13-15 took a little bit more creative license, making Weedle more of a caterpillar than a larval hornet, but Kakuna and Beedrill are fairly accurate, while I did give beedrill the forelimbs of a mantis shrimp to facilitate the unusual stinging appendages depicted in the manga. 46 and 47 are Paras and Parasect, which I based off of a mixture of cicadas, and the codices fungus, which actually takes over the mind of the host arthropod. 48 and 49 are Venonat and Venomoth, based off of the puss caterpillar, which fittingly, has venomous spines in real life. Venomoth is based off of the atlas moth, just with a purple coloration. 123 and 127 are Scyther and Pinsir. Scyther, one of my favorites, is based off a praying mantis, but rather than spines on its raptorial appendages, it has cutting blades. And Pinsir is based off of a stag beetle.
This video showcases the beauty and wildlife on the Great Barrier Reef.
Music: Starálfur by: Sigur Rós Rebel by: Seu Jorge Video taken with a GoPro Hero 3
"The Perfect Place"
I illustrated this book for Stephanie Turcotte Edenholm to depict the amazing migration of the monarch butterflies along the West Coast down to Pacific Grove, CA. The book is targeted for an elementary school audience, but is a spectacular book for anyone interested in the natural world. The illustrations are done in watercolor, and the book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many stores around Monterey.