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Joan Thomson

medical illustration of Apiosporina morbosa fungus (mushroom) illustration suitable for environmental education materials. Completed contract for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Boletus pallidus mushroom illustration showing two stages of sporocarp and pore surface, suitable for environmental education materials. Completed contract for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Bisporella citrina fungi (mushrooms) growing on a log. Illustration suitable for environmental education materials. Completed contract for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Boletus subvelutipes mushroom illustration showing sporocarp and pore surface, suitable for environmental education materials. Contract completed for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Cantharellus cibarius (Golden Chanterelle) mushroom illustration showing sporocarps and associated tree branches, used for notecard design but suitable also for book or educational materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Chlorociboria aeruginascens fungi (mushrooms) growing on a log. Illustration suitable for environmental education materials. Contract completed for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Clavulina coralloides fungus (mushroom) illustration, suitable for environmental education materials. Contract completed for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Fomes fomentarius shelf mushroom illustration showing sporocarp and pore surface. Suitable for environmental education materials. Contract completed  for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Ganoderma lucidum shelf fungus (mushroom) illustration showing sporocarps and pore surface detail. Suitable for environmental education materials. Contract completed for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Ganoderma tsugae shelf mushroom growing on a tree. Illustration used for notecard design but also suitable for book or environmental education materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Helvella macropus mushroom illustration showing three stages of sporocarp. Suitable for environmental education materials. Contract completed for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Laetoporus sulphureus shelf mushrom (Sulfur Shelf) growing on a log. Illustration used for notecard design but also suitable for book or environmental education materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Leccinum insigne mushroom with dried leaves and moss. Illustration used for notecard design but also suitable for book or environmental education materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Ramaria formosa coral mushroom showing two stages of development. Illustration suitable for environmental education materials. Contract completed for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Leccinum subglabripes mushroom showing sporocarp and pore surface. Illustration suitable for environmental education materials. Contract completed for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Morchella elata (Black Morel) mushroom with white pine branch. Illustration used for notecard design but also suitable for book or environmental education materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Royoporus badius mushroom illustration showing various forms. Suitable for environmental education materials. Contract completed for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Russela lutea mushroom with dried leaves. Illustration used for notecard design but also suitable for book or environmental education materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Trametes versicolor (Turkey tail) shelf mushroom  growing on a log. Illustration used for notecard design but also suitable for book or environmental education materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Trichaptum biforme shelf mushroom illustration showing two stages of growth and pore surfaces.  Suitable for environmental education materials. Contract completed for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Pinellus serotinus shelf mushroom growing on a tree. Illustration used for notecard design but also suitable for book or environmental education materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Amanita virosa (Destroying Angel) mushroom  illustration. Suitable for book or environmental education materials or purposes. Rendered in opaque watercolor (gouache) on colored board.
medical illustration of Clitocybe nuda (Blewit) mushroom with blackberry branches. illustration used for notecard design but also suitable for book or environmental education materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Acer rubrum (Red Maple) tree branch and seed pods (fall aspect). Illustration used for notecards contracted by and sold at a country store on the occasion of a bridge opening. Also suitable for books, such as field guides, or for environmental education materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Brodiaea laxa flower illustration to illustrate an article for the Journal of the California Native Plant Society,
medical illustration of Betula alleghaniensis (Yellow birch) tree branch illustration showing leaves and cones (fall aspect). Used for notecard design contracted by and sold at a  country store on the occasion of a bridge opening but also suitable for books such as field guides, or environmental materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Crocus sativus (Purple Crocus) flower painting in different stages of flowering.  Illustration shows complete plant with bulbs and roots. Study completed in class on botanical watercolor illustration. Transparent watercolor on paper.
medical illustration of Quercus rubra (Red  Oak) tree branch illustration with leaves and acorns (fall aspect). Used for notecard design contracted by and sold at a country store on the occasion of a bridge opening, but also suitable for books such as field guides, or for environmental education purposes. Rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Calopogon pulchellus (Grass Pink Orchid) flower illustration. Used for notecard design but also suitable for book illustration, such as a field guide, or environmental education materials. Transparent watercolor on paper.
medical illustration of Calypso bulbosa (Eastern Fairy Slipper Orchid) flower Illustration of a rare orchid, used for notecard design but also suitable for book, such as a field guide or for environmental education materials. Transparent watercolor on paper.
medical illustration of Cypripedium acaule (Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid) flower Illustration used  for notecard design but also suitable for book illustration, such as a field guide or for environmental education materials. Transparent watercolor on paper.
medical illustration of Cypripedium parviflorum (Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid). flower Illustration used for notecard design but also suitable for book illustration, such as a field guide, or for environmental education materials. Transparent watercolor on paper.
medical illustration of Cypripedium reginae (Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid) flower illustration. Used for notecard design but also suitable for book illustration, such as a field guide, or for environmental education materials.  Opaque watercolor (gouache) on colored board.
medical illustration of Galearis spectabilis (Showy Orchis) flower illustration, white and purple form. Used for notecard design but also suitable for book illustration, such as a field guide, or for environmental education materials. Transparent watercolor on paper.
medical illustration of Arethusa bulbosa (Dragon's Mouth Orchid) flower illustration with grasses. Used for notecard design but also suitable for book illustration, such as a field guide, or for environmental education materials. Transparent watercolor on paper.
medical illustration of Platanthera grandiflora (Large Purple Fringed Orchis) flower illustration among grasses.  Used for notecard design but also suitable for book illustration, such as a field guide, or for environmental education materials. Transparent watercolor on paper.
medical illustration of Pogonia ophioglossoides (Rose Pogonia Orchid) flower and associated bog plants. Illustration used for notecard design but also suitable for book illustration, such as a field guide, or for environmental education materials. Transparent watercolor on paper.
medical illustration of Malus domestica (Yellow Apple) tree composite illustration with a fruiting branch and apple  dissection. Used for postcard design but also useful for book illustrations. Transparent watercolor on paper.
medical illustration of Lupinus perennis flower with our native lupine species and Lycaeides Melissa samuelis (Karner blue butterfly), New Hampshire's endangered butterfly, for whom it provides it's favorite food. This illustration was used for a T-shirt design but is also useful for a book illustration or environmental education materials. Transparent watercolor on paper.
medical illustration of Illustration of Freshwater Lake Fish for the book
medical illustration of Illustration of one stage in acne cyst formation for patient education brochure. Completed with illustrations of other stages for dermatologist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Photoshop rendering.
medical illustration of Illustration of heart position for placement of pace maker for Department of Cardiology, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Pen and ink line drawing on paper.
medical illustration of C4 Vertebra (bone) illustration showing the entire bone. Could be used as a textbook illustration or for patient education materials. Image created in Photoshop.
medical illustration of Illustration showing suturing of infant skull in reconstruction surgery for Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Pen and ink drawing on paper.
medical illustration of Illustration of gross anatomy of the kidney showing renal artery, renal vein, and ureter. Suitable for textbook or patient education materials. Photoshop rendering.
medical illustration of TRAM flap breast reconstruction showing TRAM flap after reconnection with blood supply. Used for patient education materials by Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Graphite pencil drawing on paper.
medical illustration of Venous sinuses Bandl's ring illustration shows anatomy of the skull with venous system in skull abnormality. Used for journal article on skull repair by plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Colored pencil drawing on paper with acrylic paint on acetate overlay.
medical illustration of Repair Intestinal Atresia (repair of a perforation of the omentum). Illustration used by Department of General Surgery for patient and professional education materials. Pen and ink drawing on paper.
medical illustration of Stage 3 in bariatric surgery–reconstruction of the upper GI tract to reduce size of the stomach. This and 3 other related graphics were used in a patient education video for bariatric surgery patients at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Images were created in Photoshop.
medical illustration of Leg  dissection with foot and ankle, showing nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the lower leg. Used by a plastic surgeon at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for a journal article. Watercolor on illustration board.

Profile

BIOGRAPHY Joan Thomson A transplant from New York State, I always loved to draw and paint, and as a child would go into the woods and draw the wildflowers. I have lived in Japan, Kentucky, Louisiana and California, and now reside in New Hampshire. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Kentucky, I have sought to integrate my interests in art and education and pursued careers in both illustration and teaching. In California a fascination with medical art took hold of me, and this led to nineteen years as a medical illustrator at Dartmouth Medical School (now the Geisel School of Medicine) in Hanover, New Hampshire. I made New Hampshire my home and continued explorations of nature with volunteer work with the New England Wildflower Society, with hiking, cross-country skiing, gardening, travel, family activities, gardening, swimming and canoeing. I have been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and benefitted from their classes and workshops. I am an active member of the Cardigan Mountain Art Association in my hometown of Canaan, NH. Always I have maintained connections with nature and the life sciences and seek to help others form those connections. In recent years I have returned to teaching with experiences such as teaching classes in drawing, both in high school and with adults, teaching classes in arts and crafts at a day camp, and most recently, by teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. With my English students, I teach English by way of my students’ interests, which often veer toward learning about the natural world.

Style/Techniques

Black & White, Color, Information Graphics, Line, Video

Subject/Specialties

Anatomy, Biology, Botany, Cardiac Surgery / Cardiology, Dermatology, Entomology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Genetics, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Reconstructive Surgery, Urology, Zoology, Plastic Surgery