A natural selection

Whereas natural history illustration demands high levels of representational accuracy, and while these images are inspired by that beautiful legacy of illustration, they are not bound by the same rigors and constraints, but are fiction and non-fiction combined; straddling the line between abstraction and representation.

Some drawings express a pointedly human, psychological, impression of a creature, e.g the loathing of a mosquito, some express an essence of say a grasshopper jumping, but others dwell on the sheer pleasure of misrepresentational doodling, a delight in colour, pattern, line and shape. Despite ample poetic licence, they are all inspired by a wonder in people and nature, their possibilities, variations, evolution and infiniteness, with just the same curiosity that might have motivated Charles Darwin or Alfred Russell Wallace.