Preeminent natural history illustrator PETER BURKE has been a student of the works of many master bird artists/illustrators such as Eckleberry, Singer, Tunnicliffe, Fuertes, Brooks, Shortt, Lansdowne and contemporary artists such as Jonsson, Lewington, Zetterstrom, Burn, Mullarney, McQueen, Mata and Sibley. He attended the University of Guelph (1986-1990) where he trained in the Fine Arts program while obtaining a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences. Drawing and painting birds and dragonflies has provided the most accessible way for Peter to show his interest in the natural world and it is a personal record of what he has come to understand. Much of his work has been intended for educational materials, such as bird and insect field guides. The process of visually understanding as much of the organism as he can has given him a sharpened sense of what separates one kind from another, be it by age, gender or regional differences. It also helps to remind him of the beauty each species possesses, especially those we see everyday.