Scratchboard Etching

These are all works by Nathan Cole, done by hand using a metal quill on scratchboard. It is a masonite panel, covered in porcelain and india ink, then scratched away with the quill until the white appears underneath the ink. It is a meticulous process, as you cannot make a mistake or plan it out … More Scratchboard Etching

Collected Animal Photography: Domestic or Captive

A place to show all my animal photography that wasn’t encountered in the wild (to see those lists, please check out my photography tab). I have been tracking every species of wildlife I encounter in the wild since August 2019, so I decided to expand that to include every kind of animal I photograph at all. Not only does it give a venue to display these shots I enjoy, but it is also an incredible avenue for learning more about these species and how they are related. … More Collected Animal Photography: Domestic or Captive

Travels in New Zealand: Species Encountered in Nature (with photos)

A listing of all wild species I have encountered in New Zealand, listed by their taxonomy categories of Class, Family, and Species (except Invertebrates, it will be a bit different). This was a visit in 2014 when I had older equipment and before I was prioritizing animal photos, so the photos aren’t quite up to … More Travels in New Zealand: Species Encountered in Nature (with photos)

Travels in Australia: Species Encountered in Nature (with photos)

A listing of all wild species I have encountered in Australia, listed by their taxonomy categories of Class, Family, and Species. This was a visit in 2014 when I had older equipment and long before I was prioritizing animal photos, so my apologies that the photos aren’t up to my current standards. I have also … More Travels in Australia: Species Encountered in Nature (with photos)

Travels in India: Species Encountered in the Wild

A personal photographic account of my month-long travels in Rajasthan, India in February 2020. Most of the sightings were within 5km of my stay at the Farm Studio artist residency in Andore. However, there would also be sightings included from Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Ranakpur, Kumbalgarh, Jawai Bandh, and Sirohi. I am self-trained in wildlife photography and identification, so I have done the best I can as of yet, but please feel free to point out corrections if you notice a naming mistake.

All photographs except one (of the leopard) were taken by me. All explorations and discoveries were on foot, with the exception of a canter tour through Ranthambore park. Any animals listed without photographs I was able to identify but unable to get a shot of them.

All animals were free and wild. … More Travels in India: Species Encountered in the Wild

Under the Santa Monica Pier, a flash memoir

The beach at Santa Monica is large, flat, and long. Palm trees, playgrounds, and restaurants are interspersed in the landscape, but the Santa Monica Pier rises above the water as a monolith among the sand. It draws people in with its lights, sound, and size. With it being the epicentre of excitement on the beach, it would be counter-intuitive to expect much of anything to happen in its looming shadow. 

But there I was, swimming near the base of its gigantic, stilt-like legs, where something beautiful happened.  … More Under the Santa Monica Pier, a flash memoir

A Year of Living as an Artist – 2019 in Review

The first time I remember being really good at something is when I began drawing. I was a decent runner, pretty good at soccer, a decent chess player – but I was better at drawing. Even as a child, animals were one of my fascinations. My reading habits included Ranger Rick (a kids environmental magazine), … More A Year of Living as an Artist – 2019 in Review

Canadian Election 2019 Part Two: Points on taxes, healthcare, and foreign policy

In the Macleans breakdown of the 2019 platforms by all the parties, it has No Specific Proposals Yet written 14 times. Conservatives no proposals under 8 of those categories: Jobs and Skills Training, Pharmacare, Indigenous Affairs, Education, Agriculture, International Trade, Democracy and Governance, and Youth. Liberals have it written 4 times, for National Defence, International … More Canadian Election 2019 Part Two: Points on taxes, healthcare, and foreign policy

Canadian Election 2019: Points on the Economy, Immigration, the Environment, and more.

Economy The policies of Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer’s proposed ones echo that of Trump, cut basic services while giving wealthy people and corporations cuts, they are just more underhanded and subtle. They have learned from his playbook, distract with rhetoric while cutting out the floor beneath everyone. Scheer has proposed many cuts, yet, like … More Canadian Election 2019: Points on the Economy, Immigration, the Environment, and more.