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Emily Damstra

Damstra fall maple leaf



An experienced freelance illustrator, Emily creates natural science imagery for any application. Her clients include:

  • Publishers of all sizes such as Thompson–Gale, Greystone Books, and The University of Michigan Press
  • Museums, zoos and aquaria including The Calgary Zoo, The Canada Agriculture Museum and The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Non-profit organizations like Michigan Sea Grant
  • Popular periodicals such as In-Fisherman magazine and The Washington Post
  • Advertising agencies and design firms
  • Academic institutions
  • Businesses and individuals

More images and information may be found at her website.

Michael Spillane

 1 Rose M Spillane

Telephone: (905) 891-8422


Michael Spillane was born in Swansea, South Wales, and has a broad and eclectic background both in the arts and natural sciences. Together with his early interests in botanical sc ience and the natural world, Michael pursued his love of the arts. He studied botanical art and classical drawing and painting techniques and holds a diploma in illustration and design along with other academic qualifications in horticulture, botany and music.

Michael also studied classical guitar in Britain and has recorded and performed widely. He has held positions of editor and art director for two Canadian national magazines and has written over 300 articles worldwide. He is a former editor of Canada’s Plant & Garden magazine.

Today Michael teaches botanical drawing and painting at his studio in Mississauga – Spillane Studio of Fine Arts – (since 2005). He has also taught botanical drawing and painting workshops at Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM), Burlington Art Centre, Guelph School of Art, Southampton Art School, Hardy's Hobbies & Crafts (in Madoc, ON), The Brush and Palette Club (in London, ON) and the Toronto Botanical Garden.

Michael's own work includes detailed and accurately rendered botanical paintings and classical still life vignettes. He works in oil on canvas on a fairly large scale and also paints smaller still life subjects on linen canvas and wood panels. He also uses watercolour and various drawing mediums in his botanical drawings and paintings.

Botanical Artists of Canada