Mark your calendars! I’m thrilled to announce my first solo art exhibit. Boathouse Botanicals will be a selection of my botanical art work, which I will be displaying at The Boathouse in Kitchener’s Victoria Park. The collection will include existing as well as never before seen work.
The Boathouse Botanicals exhibit opens on June 8th, coinciding perfectly with the beginning of patio season. Drop into the Boathouse, browse some vibrant botanical art, and enjoy a cold beer or cider on the Boathouse patio overlooking the pond in Victoria Park.
Better yet, join me at the Boathouse Botanicals opening reception on June 8th for a first crack at purchasing one of the new pieces on display. I will be available to discuss my process and answer any questions you may have about my pieces and their subjects.
Earlier this month, I was contacted by Eric Maundu of Kijani Grows. Kijani Grows in an Oakland based smart aquaponics startup. They make Arduino-controlled aquarium-fed gardens for businesses, schools and individuals.
Eric had found one of my early pen doodles online, and thought the style would be well suited to a pyrograph image on some of their new garden kits for schools.
I recently received pictures of a prototype kit printed with my Jellyfish I sketch. The completed prototype came even nicer than I had hoped!
I was also very pleased to see the pictures of the kit itself. It is flat-packed for shipping, and includes easy to follow assembly instructions, which are burned into the wood alongside my illustration and the Kijani Grows logo. Overall, it is a very clever design, which I expect will be very educational in schools.
I look forward to working with Kijani Grows to complete a series of commissions of other sea-life pen illustrations for other units. I have also been promised a kit of my own once they go into production – very useful to grow my own subjects for botanical illustration, as well as some of my own food
This collaboration has been a particularly creative example of how my illustrations can be applied to commercial products. Most of my existing pieces are available in multiple formats to be licenced for commercial use, and I am eager to work with others to develop creative custom product art.