This illustration of a Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) on a Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum) was completed on October 20, 2017. The drawing is based on a photo I took on Mt. Waterman in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County, California earlier in the year.
This illustration of a female Western Black Widow was completed on March 3, 2017. I chose this subject for a variety of reasons: 1) I am fascinated with venomous and potentially dangerous animals, 2) This species was, until recently, by far the most common spider around my home in Los Angeles (rapidly being displaced by the introduced Brown Widow), 3) I was bitten by one on the finger a few years back. I realized the bite was a Black Widow bite as it progressed over several days, with my hand and lower arm swelling and extreme pain. I didn't know how the bite occurred, until my wife and I searched and found a large female on a web at the head of our bed just below my pillow. Studying this creature in detail for several days was cathartic.
This illustration of a Philolithus actuosus, a Tenebrionid (aka "Darkling") beetle, was completed in September 2015. It is based upon a photograph I took in the southern foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains of southern California of an individual that was not originally identified to species. To my knowledge, the individual I photographed that month is the only specimen of this species I have ever observed.