SerbinCreative

(805) 963-0439 | Toll-Free (800) 876-6425

www.serbincreative.com LA / NY / UK

Joan Thomson

medical illustration of Apiosporina morbosa fungus (mushroom) illustration suitable for articles, nature trail guides, and various types of science education materials. Completed contract for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper..
medical illustration of This painting in transparent watercolor on Arches paper features the Common Milkweed blossom, the adult Monarch butterfly with its highly patterned wings, and a seed pod with escaping seeds. The painting was commissioned by the Town of Enfield, NH, and used on the town report. Common Milkweed is Enfield's town flower. Its leaves are the food of the Monarch larva. The Monarch butterfly is still in decline.
medical illustration of Orchid, Twayblade, carpeting, seep, rare, summer, mountainous, pale green flower, terrestrial

Description:  A painting in transparent watercolor on Arches paper of one of the more rare terrestrial orchids of New Hampshire. It was found in a seep near a trail in a mountainous site, carpeting a wide area. It blooms most notably in July. This painting is part of a series of paintings by the artist in a collection of depictions of the approximately 46 terrestrial orchids of New Hampshire.
medical illustration of Seasonal, blooming, brilliant, Christmas, cactus, flower

Description:  A painting in transparent watercolor on Arches paper to be used on a greeting card for the Christmas holiday. This brilliantly blooming cactus, which thrives as an indoor plant in the Northeast, usually blooms once a year, but the season varies. It has been known to bloom as early as Thanksgiving and as late as Valentine's Day.
medical illustration of This illustration is a rendering of Calypso bulbosa, one of the slipper orchids, rare in New England, in gouache (opaque watercolor) on Alphamat. It would be suitable for a field guide, for a trail guide  including rare plants or other nature education purposes. It will be used on notecards. In the tradition of botanical illustration, the painting includes a depiction of the plant's habit as well as a close up of the blossom.
medical illustration of Here is an illustration of Platanthera dilatata, the White Northern Bog Orchid, a spire of sparkling white blossoms enhancing a woodland seep ecosystem in summer. The painting was done in gouache on a tan Alphamat background. It would be suitable for a trail guide or field guide of native plants or orchids. It will also be used for notecards with a floral theme.
medical illustration of This painting of a tiny orchid native to North America and rare in New England is rendered in gouache on Alphamat in the traditional composite style of botanical illustrations showing a small version of the plant in its habit (how it grows) and a close up of the flower parts.  Suitable for a field guide on orchids or for trail guides showing native plants, it will be used in a notecard series.
medical illustration of Bisporella citrina fungi (mushrooms) growing on a log.  These little cup shaped organisms glow on their dark background like bits of lemon drops clumped on the wood. Completed contract for private client. The illustration is also suitable for other environmental education materials. Rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of This Boletus subvelutipes mushroom illustration showing sporocarp and pore surface, is suitable for various science education materials including trail guides. It shows how colorful the mushroom world can be with the skinned back stalk of the mushroom a virtual rainbow and the cap staining blue. Contract completed for private client. Rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here is the Cantharellus cibarius (Golden Chanterelle) mushroom illustration showing sporocarps and associated tree branches. It was used for a notecard design but issuitable also for books, trail guides or other educational materials. This Chanterelle is a common edible, so the illustration could be used in a cookbook. Rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of This illustration shows the striking blue-green Chlorociboria aeruginascens fungi (mushrooms) growing on a log. It would be is suitable for trail guides, books, and other science education materials. Contract completed for private client. The painting is rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here is an illustration of the Clavulina coralloides, a coral fungus in pale pastel shades of purple. It would be, suitable for a trail guide or other science educational materials. Contract completed for private client. The painting is rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of This is an illustration  of the Fomes fomentarius shelf mushroom reminiscent of a fancy hat. It shows the sporocarp as well as the pore surface. It would be suitable for a book, articles or other science education materials. Contract completed  for private client. The painting was rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of This illustration of the Ganoderma lucidum shelf fungus (mushroom) illustration shows sporocarps and pore surface detail. It features the glossy look of the surface of the sporocarp in vivid colors. It would be suitable for trail guides, articles, books, and other science education materials. Contract completed for private client. The illustration is rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Here is the Ganoderma tsugae shelf mushroom growing on a tree. The illustration was used for notecard design but also is suitable for books, articles, trail guides or other science education materials. It was rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of This illustration shows the Laetoporus sulphureus shelf mushroom, often called a Sulfur Shelf, growing on a log. The Illustration was used for a notecard design but is also suitable for books, articles, trail guides or other science education materials. This fungus is another common edible, so the illustration could be used in a cookbook. It is rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of This illustration shows the Leccinum insigne mushroom with dried leaves and moss, a shaggy stalk and porous undersurface of the cap. The illustration was used for a notecard design but is also suitable for books and articles as well as other science education materials. It is rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here is an illustration of the Ramaria formosa coral mushroom showing two stages of development. The illustration is suitable for various science education materials including books, articles and nature trail guides. A contract was completed for a private client. The illustration was rendered in pastel shades of transparent watercolors on Arches paper.
medical illustration of This illustration of the Morchella elata (Black Morel) mushroom is shown with a branch of White Pine, a tree it often grows near. The illustration was used for a notecard design but is also suitable for books, articles, trail guides and other science education materials. It is rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here you see the Royoporus badius mushroom depicted in its various forms. The illustration is suitable for scientific articles, books, trail guides, and other educational materials. A contract was completed for a private client. The subject was rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here is an illustration of the Russela lutea mushroom with dried leaves, its sunny yellow color shining like a light in the dark leaf litter. The illustration was used for a notecard design but is also suitable for books, articles, trail guides and other scientific education material, as well as possibly a children's book. It is rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here is the Trametes versicolor (Turkey tail) shelf mushroom growing on a log. The illustration was used for a notecard design but is also suitable for books, articles, trail guides and other science education materials. It was rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here is the Trichaptum biforme shelf mushroom illustration showing two stages of growth and pore surfaces.  This illustration would be suitable for environmental science materials such as books, articles, and trail guides. Contract completed for private client. Rendered in pastel colors with transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
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 Here is the Amanita virosa (Destroying Angel) mushroom  illustration. It would be suitable for books such as field guides, articles, trail guides or other environmental education materials or purposes. It is rendered in opaque watercolor (gouache) on colored Alphamat.
medical illustration of Here is an illustration of the Clitocybe nuda (Blewit) mushroom in its mature stage with  branches of blackberry, its favorite companion. The llustration was used for a notecard design and also suitable for book or environmental education materials. It is rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of Here you see a tree branch of Acer rubrum (Red Maple) with seed pods in its fall aspect. The illustration was used for notecards contracted by and was sold at a country store on the occasion of a bridge opening in foliage season. It would be suitable for books, such as field guides, articles in trade magazines, field guides, and other environmental education materials . It is rendered in transparent watercolor.
medical illustration of This is the Brodiaea laxa flower illustration used to illustrate a regular article in the Journal of the California Native Plant Society entitled
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 Here is a painting of the Crocus sativus (Purple Crocus) flower in different stages of flowering. This plant is well known for its use as a source of saffron. The illustration shows the complete plant with bulbs and roots. The study was completed in  a class on botanical watercolor illustration but is suitable for articles in horticultural and trade magazines, illustrations on bulb packages, and in gardening books. It is painted in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here is an illustration of the Calopogon pulchellus (Grass Pink Orchid) flower as seen in abundance at a nature preserve in Maine. It was used for a notecard design and is also suitable for book illustrations such as field guides, illustrations in scientific articles, and other science education materials. It is rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of This is a flower illustration of Cypripedium acaule (Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid), a favorite in the northeastern US. It was used for a notecard design and is also suitable for book illustrations, such as for field guides, for scientific articles and for environmental education materials such as brochures and trail guides. The painting is rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here is a flower illustration of Cypripedium parviflorum (Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid). It was used for a notecard design but is also suitable for book illustrations such as field guides, illustrations for articles on botany, or for environmental education materials such as trail guides and brochures. The painting was rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here is a flower illustration of Cypripedium reginae (Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid) found in bogs of the northeastern US in June. It was used as a notecard design and also suitable as a book illustration, such as a field guide, for botanical or scientific articles, and for environmental education purposes such as trail guides and brochures..  The illustration is painted in opaque watercolor (gouache) on colored Alphamat.
medical illustration of Galearis spectabilis (Showy Orchis) is one of the true gems of the Northeastern woodland scene. This illustration of the flower in its white and purple form was used as a notecard design. it would also be suitable as a book illustration, such as for a field guide or book on orchids, or for environmental education materials such as trail guides and brochures. It is rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here is an illustration of the Arethusa bulbosa (Dragon's Mouth Orchid) flower with grasses. It is shown with its brilliant pink blossoms in full flower in its typical bog habitat. It was used as a notecard design and is also suitable as a book illustration, such as in a field guide, for articles on botany, and for environmental education materials such as trail guides and brochures. Transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of This is a flower illustration of Platanthera grandiflora (Large Purple Fringed Orchis) among grasses. The plant can be a memorable surprise when discovered on a roadside or sunny spot in the woods. The painting was used as a notecard design and is also suitable as a book illustration, such as a field guide, an illustration in a botanical article, or for environmental education materials such as trail guides and brochures. It is painted in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of This composite illustration of the Malus domestica (Yellow Apple) tree with a fruiting branch and apple  dissection was used for a postcard design. It could also be used as a book illustration, an illustration in a horticultural or trade magazine, as product labeling, and in tourist brochures or cooking articles. It is rendered in transparent watercolor on Arches paper.
medical illustration of Here is an illustration of the Lupinus perennis flower, 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 and is also useful as a book illustration, an illustration for a botanical article or for environmental education materials such as trail guides and brochures. It is painted in transparent watercolor on Arches  paper.
medical illustration of This illustration of Freshwater Lake Fish shows a number of native fish, labeled and in their typical environment. It was created for the book
medical illustration of Here is an illustration of one stage in acne cyst formation for a patient education brochure. It was completed with illustrations of the other stages for a dermatologist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. It is a Photoshop rendering.
medical illustration of This is an illustration of heart position for placement of a pace maker for the Department of Cardiology, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. It is a pen and ink line drawing on paper.
medical illustration of This is a C4 Vertebra (bone) illustration showing the entire bone. It could be used as a textbook anatomical illustration or for patient education materials such as a brochure or in a video. The image was created in Photoshop.
medical illustration of This illustration shows the suturing of an infant skull in reconstruction surgery. It was completed for the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. The pen and ink drawing was done on paper.
medical illustration of This illustration of the gross anatomy of the kidney also shows the renal artery, renal vein, and ureter. It is suitable for textbook or patient education materials promoting wellness and normal urinary track functioning. The illustration is rendered in Photoshop.
medical illustration of This illustration shows a stage in TRAM flap breast reconstruction. It details the TRAM flap after reconnection with the blood supply. It was used for patient education materials by the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. The graphite pencil drawing was done on paper.
medical illustration of This illustration of the venous sinuses with Bandl's ring shows the anatomy of the skull with venous system in a skull abnormality. It was used for a journal article on skull repair by a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. It is a colored pencil drawing on paper with acrylic paint on acetate overlay and could be used in professional medical education.
medical illustration of This medical illustration shows the repair of Intestinal Atresia (repair of a perforation of the omentum). The illustration was used by the Department of General Surgery for patient and professional education materials. The pen and ink drawing was executed on paper.
medical illustration of This medical illustration was the third in a series showing reconstruction of the upper GI tract, with its several organs, in bariatric surgery 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. The images were created in Photoshop.
medical illustration of This illustration shows leg  dissection with the foot and ankle. It includes nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the lower leg. It was used by a plastic surgeon at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for a journal article. The watercolor painting was executed 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 Medicine, General Surgery, Genetics, Medical Devices, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Reconstructive Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Zoology, Injuries, Legal Exhibits, Health & Wellness, Plastic Surgery