New Gallery Website!

I'm so excited! I now have a dedicated website to showcase my soil life illustrations. It will be great to have a professional looking gallery to direct people to when they ask about my artwork. The website will focus on microbiology illustrations for now, but later on it will probably include more categories as my portfolio … Continue reading New Gallery Website!

The animal with two wheels on its face

Sometimes it seems like evolution has a sense of humour. Can you imagine a creature with wheels on its face, or anywhere for that matter? The Rotifer doesn't actually have wheels on its face. There is a reason animals don't have wheels, in case you were wondering. Basically, it has to do with the way evolution … Continue reading The animal with two wheels on its face

The Amoeba With a Home

The testate amoeba ("test" means shell) is one of the single celled creatures we commonly find while looking at soil in the microscope. It's a type of protozoa, just like regular amoebae, but it lives in a shell like a snail. Some eat bacteria, algae, or other protozoa, and some live on decaying organic material. As with all … Continue reading The Amoeba With a Home

How do you paint an invisible animal?

The soil under your feet is crawling with invisible life forms. Well, not exactly invisible, but you can't see them without the help of a microscope. Most people I've met don't know what a protozoa is, or if they do they often have vague associations with things like water contamination and diseases. Protozoa, like bacteria, are not … Continue reading How do you paint an invisible animal?