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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A stream restoration, illustrated

This year I had the pleasure of working the City of Kitchener to help communicate the reasons for and impact of a major stream restoration in one of their urban parks. Before the restoration, the stream sped its way through a concrete channel: BEFORE stream restoration – illustration © Emily S. Damstra After the City restored the streambed to its more natural, winding state, the waterway became more habitable by wildlife such as the pumpkinseed…

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“[T]he visual communication of science is growing increasingly important.”

Today’s issue of the weekly science journal Nature includes an excellent article about the value of science illustration. You can read it here. The author writes about specific collaborations between researchers and illustrators to illustrate the idea that the benefits of a good illustration are worth an investment of time and money: Visually stunning representations that result from collaborations between scientists and artists can grab millions of online views, and attract a much wider audience…

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