1. an animal lacking a backbone, such as an arthropod, mollusk, annelid, coelenterate, etc. The invertebrates constitute an artificial division of the animal kingdom, comprising 95 percent of animal species and about 30 different phyla.
Tiger-Striped Longwing and Planet Earth 10" x 12" Oil on Wood The Tiger-Striped Longwing (Heliconius ismenius). These butterflies roam from Southern Mexico all the way to Ecuador and Venezuela. To protect themselves from predators, they, along with several other species of the same genus, have evolved an amazing adaptation to advertise their toxicity if eaten. Known to biologists as Müllerian mimicry, all of these butterflies have “tiger” stripes on their wings to [...]
Blue Morpho and Planet Earth 12" x 12" Oil on Wood The Blue Morpho is one of over 20 thousand species of butterflies on our planet. Their wingspan can reach up to eight inches across, making them one of the largest. Though they might look like it, they aren’t actually blue. It’s not pigmentation, it’s an optical illusion. The color comes from microscopic scales on their wings that reflects an amazing spectrum [...]
The American Eagle 6" x 12" Oil on Wood The Bald Eagle stands for many things. Freedom. Grace. And the American Dream. But as time goes by, we have a history of changing what that American dream is to us as a nation. Not too many years ago the Bald Eagle was on the brink of extinction. Populations plummeted to under 500 breeding pairs. But as a nation, and across industries, we [...]
The Birds and the Bees 12" 12" x 24" Oil on Wood The African Penguin's call earned them the nickname, "Jackass Penguin", some say it's ugly, but it's music to my ears. We recently filmed these penguins at the @marylandzoo and were able to tour their state-of-the-art Penguin Coast exhibit. These guys are rockstars at breeding these endangered penguins. But, in the wild, these penguins need some help when it comes to breeding. These [...]
Californian Black Widow 6" x 12" Oil on Wood Shortly after moving to a house in Oceanside, California, I picked up an tiki-hut off of Craigslist. I was going to turn it into an art studio, but in the rebuilding process I realized that there were hundreds of spiders living in the structure. I painted this painting, and made a little video about the story of black widows in southern California and [...]