EMAIL fmtopping at gmail.com
Drawing requires really seeing and understanding your subject.
I have long loved and appreciated nature in all its glories, interactions and complexities. I love to travel and have been fortunate to visit many countries which I sketch and photograph. Sketching is more personal; the image is ingrained in the brain and it is selective. By really looking and seeing wonder is increased. I wish to share this with others.
I blend experience and education in geography, botany, zoology, graphic design and nature science illustration with interpretation for educational purposes. I have created text and illustration for brochures and exhibits, painted murals for institutions and private homes, led nature journalling classes for all ages and taught botanical art. I also do personal fine art, often landscapes or botanicals.
Some of my work is on display for sale in Scrimshanders in Wickford ,Rhode Island,(in the back of Wilson’s store on Brown Street.
BS Geography, Botany, Zoology, University of Sheffield, England
BFA Graphic Design with Illustration and Photography, University of Akron, Ohio
Certificate of Natural Science Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design.
illustrator, fine artist, educator and naturalist
I am affiliated with several organizations:
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators http://www.gnsi.org and
GNSI-NE (New England chapter) http://gnsi-ne.org
Wickford Art Association http://www.wickfordart.org
Mystic Art Association http://www.mysticarts.org/adultclasses.htm?adult=1
Freelance Artist Network http://www.freelanceartistsnetwork.com
New England Society of Botanical Artists http://nesbaartists.org
American Society of Botanical Artists http://www.asba-art.org
An article about me appeared in SO Rhode Island Magazine (page 70)