Accurate illustrations of amphibians; included in the image library are the American Bullfrog, Arizona Tree Frog, Northern Leopard Frog, Ornate Horned Frog, Green Treefrog, Spring Peeper, Tiger-Legged Monkey Frog, Spotted Salamander, Tiger Salamander, Eastern Newt, American Toad, Western Spadefoot Toad, Cane Toad, California Red-Legged and many other common and rare species. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. All drawings are available in both black and white or full color. High quality prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all images in the gallery. If you do not see the frog, toad, salamander or other amphibian you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific amphibians can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist.
The wildlife drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
If I had a 'first love' of illustration, it would likely have to be my favorite amphibian the frog. I've drawn dozens of them, and still they inspire and amaze me with their color, variety and wide-eyed expressions. In many ways, to me, the frog and other amphibians have come to represent the fragility of nature, as amphibians are the most sensitive of the animal orders, and have little ability to combat things like climate change and pollution. Amphibians are also special, because they are often the first "wild" animals children come into actual physical contact with. What curious kid who grew up near forest, pond or stream didn't get the chance to catch a frog, toad or salamander? From a drawing standpoint, I hope to continue to discover new and interesting amphibians species to the illustration catalog. If you'd like to suggest a species, I'd be glad to hear it. Please drop me an email!
The class Amphibia (from Amphi- meaning "on both sides" and -bios meaning "life") which includes frogs, salamanders, toads, newts are cold-blooded animals that generally begin life in water with gills, then leave the water to become air breathers. There are about 6,500 indentified species on earth. They are considered ecological indicators, and their presence (or lack thereof) can indicate the health of an environment. Due to climate change and pollution, many species are in steep decline or, like the Golden Toad, have vanished completely. The fossil record indicates amphibians evolved in the Devonian period and were thought to be the apex predators during the Carboniferous and Permian Periods. One reason these animals are so sensitive to changes in their environment is that their skin is permeable, and will soak up chemicals directly through it.