Just to give you my biography in brief; I have always had an interest in art and a special interest in nature. (I was the kid who brought home toads, injured birds, stray puppies - you name it!) I have an honors BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and a Master Herbalist diploma from Wild Rose College, in Calgary, Alberta.
After graduating from Waterloo, I joined the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, where I worked as a Forensic Biologist. I currently work for the Animal Alliance of Canada-Project Jessie, rescuing dogs and cats from pounds that would otherwise send them to research labs or euthanize them for inappropriate reasons. Because of this, we usually have several "creature visitors" being fostered in our house. I have also taught at the Botanic Institute, an herbal school in Guelph, and currently teach multiple musical instruments at Broadway Music in Orangeville, and online at Heart Equine Academy,
I feel that my scientific background enables me to look more critically at my illustrations, and gives them greater scientific accuracy and and believability. Although I work in several media; scratchboard, colored pencil, aquarelle, and screen printing, my first love is ink, black or colored, using both stippling and line drawing, often with watercolor added. Some of my work is in a more graphic style, but I generally prefer highly detailed images.
My subject matter is almost always from the natural world; animals, herbs, and children, as well as illustrations incorporating knotwork.
My work has appeared in The Canadian Journal of Herbalism, The Journal of Family Life, The Guilded Herb, on the covers (and interiors) of the Compleat Mother, Homebase, and the Doula magazines, in the Birth Gazette, on advertising material for Media Watch and in numerous publications for Animal Alliance of Canada. I have won awards from the American Orchid Society and the National Anti-Vivisection Society, and have had work featured on a number of note cards and greeting cards, including a 1995 Christmas card for Save The Children. I have been the featured illustrator in the publication for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. I have had several images featured in the books, Booby Juice, a collection of breastfeeding art, poetry and literature and in Images of Breastfeeding Worldwide, a resource book published by the World Alliance For Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and UNICEF. My needlepoint designs have appeared in American Miniaturist, Dollshouse and Miniature Scene, and the now defunct Dolls House Artisan. For several years I have accepted commissions for pet portraiture. I am currently working on a children's book, that employs very complex, highly detailed pictures.
I live and play just outside the Toronto, ON area, with my family and several companion dogs, cats, birds and small creatures.
I would love to be considered for custom work- especially projects that focus on animals,or children and the incredible world around us. Thanks for stopping by! Shelly