Since 2007, I have maintained The Flying Trilobite blog, as a way to share my art process and thoughts about what I'm doing. To see some examples of my work, I invite you to visit my gallery, Art in Awe of Science. There you will see my surreal portrait of Charles Darwin, Darwin Took Steps, as well as works Haldane's Precambrian Puzzle, Mythical Flying Trilobite Fossil III, and more. Some of my works are painted on slate and shale. Playing with ideas from metaphor and mythology, but using the discoveries of science, a lot of my work stems from the idea "what if when people first conceived of the Minotaur, Sphinx, and mermaid, they knew about prehistoric and microbial creatures?" From that starting point, I try and allow the works to take on metaphorical lives of their own in the minds of scientifically literate viewers. I'm not interested in art with a spoonfed meaning. This focus on what friends have called surreal scientific illustration or EvoPunk has led to my work creating science tattoos, of which I am tremendously proud. My work has also appeared in published books, magazines, and a museum display. Creating scientific illustrations of jewel beetles is one of my personal career highlights.
Blogging about my art changed my career path in many profound ways, not least of which has been giving talks and workshops about the intersection of art, science, and social media. These talks, as well as advocacy for what is now commonly termed "#SciArt", led to being invited to join the Scientific American Blog Network, where I blog at Symbiartic, the art of science and the science of art (@Symbiartic) along with my co-bloggers, scientific illustrator Kalliopi Monoyios (@eyeforscience), and cartoonist Katie McKissick (@beatricebiology). In addition, I work at INVIVO Communications (@INVIVOcom), the digital marketing agency for the pharma and medical device industries doing functional QA on 3D medical animation, iPad apps and Oculus Rift experiences, and sharing the companies' work as the Social Media Manager.
When I'm not working, blogging or painting, I can be found learning from my amazing wife and two boys, or zipping around Toronto, Canada on my bike.