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Research interests

Primarily my work is about preserving, documenting, and analyzing historic illustration and illustrators. I also write on contemporary illustration and practice, visual communication, visual culture, and national identity.

I am an Associate Editor of The History of Illustration, the first textbook to appear on the subject. It will be published in 2018.

I am also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Illustration.

In 2008 I began the Index of Canadian Illustrators. Additions and amendments to it are very welcome.

My 2014 dissertation, A Cultural Trade? Canadian Magazine Illustrators at Home and in the United States, 1880-1960, is about the ways nationalism was expressed in visual culture.

Illustrators I have published on or presented papers on include:

Anita Kunz
Arthur Heming
Arthur William Brown
Russell Patterson
Robert Weaver
Oscar Cahén
Walter Haskell Hinton
Olive Allen Biller
Many Illustrators based in Victoria, BC
Canadian women who illustrated in Chatelaine in the 1930s







Arthur William Brown

Arthur William Brown and Model, circa 1934


Arthur Heming

Arthur Heming
Spread in Illustrated London News, 1938 © 2012 Fair use only Ontario, Canada