Description AMERICAN TOAD & DWARF LAKE IRISfrom Transparent Watercolor Original 10 x 7 inchesMichigan has great diversity in its animals and plants. Some are very common and can be found in many states, others are incredibly rare.The American toad is a common species. I've seen them my whole life. Their fantastic bumpy skin and muted colors made for a painting challenge in watercolor.The dwarf lake iris is an endangered plant. These beautiful, tiny plants can almost exclusively be found on the Great Lakes shoreline in the state of Michigan.
Matthew Bohan, Lansing, MI Member Since March 2008 Artist Statement Matthew Bohan is a freelance medical illustrator, wildlife artist, and photographer. His lifelong interest in animals and art led him to get his MS in Biology from St. Bonaventure University and his MFA in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan (UM).
Four of his wildlife paintings are in the Uof M’s permanent collection; others have been displayed in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Watercolor U.S.A. 2000, and the Colorado Bird Observatory’s Annual Songbird Show.
American Artist magazine featured an article on his watercolor technique in the May 2001 issue. His medical illustrations and animations have appeared in print, video, and award winning CD-ROMs. His paintings and photographs have appeared in Wild Earth Journal, Birder’s World, Wildlife Art Magazine, Lighthouse Digest and The Nature Conservancy’s national magazine. He currently lives in Lansing, Michigan.