Description Dormice are known for their habits of dormancy, hibernating for much of the winter and sleeping for long periods during other times of cold, wet weather. They spend most of their waking, nocturnal lives in the treetops, only visiting the forest floor to sleep, nest in the spring and give birth in the summer. Dormice are becoming rare and in danger of extinction in all but the most southern counties of England and Wales, mainly due to the loss of their forested habitat. The Hazel Dormouse is the only species of its genus and the only small mammal in Britain with a completely furry tail. They eat insects, fruit and nuts, notably hazelnuts, which they open by biting a circle in the shell, leaving teeth marks along the outside and a smooth edge on the inside.The Dormouse was also made famous for his sleepy nature in Lewis Carrols Alice in Wonderland. Between falling asleep in the butter he stated 'You might just as well say, that I breathe when I sleep is the same thing as I sleep when I breathe!Technique: Watercolor and colored pencilWebsite: www.tamaraclark.com
Tamara Clark, Hampshire, England Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA. As an illustrator she has worked with a range of groups and institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. Tamara has a BS and MS in Biology/Ecology and was trained in traditional science illustration techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She has been an active member of the Guild since 1996 and is a recent President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries and enjoys being involved in local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats as much as the creatures she illustrates inspire her.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their young daughter. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com