Please, enough with the dead butterflies!

We all have pet peeves, even though there’s a lot going on in the world that makes them pretty insignificant. While acknowledging that there are many more important things in life, I write this post about my own personal illustration pet peeve in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, it’ll make a little teeny difference. Here goes: I love butterflies. They’re one of my favorite subjects to illustrate and one of my favorite sights in nature. To…

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A great read (and a few fish illustrations)

Last year, journalist Dan Egan contacted me to ask about licensing some of my fish illustrations for a book he was writing about the Great Lakes. This spring, the product of his hard work is out on bookshelves, and I made a point to read it since it sounded fascinating and – yes – it contains three of my fish illustrations. Alewife illustration © Emily S. Damstra The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (publisher’s synopsis…

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2017 Boys Town commemorative silver dollar

Obverse, 2017 Boys Town commemorative silver dollar • Copyright United States Mint The United States Mint has recently begun selling the Boys Town coins that I wrote about earlier. There are two different versions available; proof (pictured in this post) and uncirculated. You can find them here. The engraver for both the obverse and reverse is Joseph Menna, who did a superb job translating my 2D drawings into relief. Reverse, 2017 Boys Town commemorative silver…

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Artwork in new Toronto Gallery: Nature Art Studio

I’m excited to announce that some of my artwork will be part of the inaugural exhibit of the brand new Toronto art gallery and classroom Nature Art Studio, located at 2837 Dundas Street West in Toronto. About a dozen of my original paintings and drawings will be exhibited, including my recent goldenrod watercolors. The reception for this exhibit is January 28 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM; all are invited! The accomplished botanical artist Nellie Sue Potter and her husband…

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Boys Town commemorative coin design

I’m thrilled to announce that my coin design work will soon touch two countries: Canada (where I currently live) and – in 2017 – the United States (where I was born and spent the first 30 years of my life). I’m a proud dual citizen and I feel honored that my work will become a small part of the numismatic history of both countries. My first coin design for the US Mint helps commemorate the…

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Six illustrations on display at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

SONSI exhibit at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery This past weekend I attended the Opening Reception for the 2016 Exhibit of the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in Southern Ontario. I have six pieces in this exhibit, including these two goldenrod paintings, two of my recent marine life illustrations, my Common raven painting, and my Princess Point illustration. They are on the back wall: 2016 Exhibit of the…

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Goldenrod prints

The two goldenrod illustrations mentioned in my last post are available as fine art prints, with or without interpretive text. The illustrations are printed at actual size and are offered on a variety of papers. I ordered one on Archival Matte paper to test the service and was very pleased with the print and paper quality. The prints are available from Fine Art America here. At that link you’ll find an option to zoom in…

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