Polypore Fungus – Tyromyces sp., 2012

Found on a dead maple tree in High Park, Toronto, in October 2011. These specimens were very small, only a couple of inches high, so I had an added challenge of learning to illustrate craggy tree bark in close-up. As a calligraphic element, I added the only known Shakespearean quotation about mushrooms – from The Tempest. This piece has been exhibited in Ontario and California, and most recently in Focus on Nature XIV, one of the world’s pre-eminent exhibitions of natural science illustration. The piece is now in the permanent collection of the New York State Museum. Watercolour, casein, graphite, 24″h x 18″w. ©Kathryn Chorney