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Frank Boas took up watercolour-painting to keep himself amused during a 2-year stint in the Arctic when his interest in photography was curtailed by his fingers freezing on the camera buttons. Previously Frank was a noted Bryologist (moss expert) who captured the intricate formations of these tiny plants through his camera lens. Many of his photos can be found in plant guidebooks, such as Plants or Coastal BC, produced by the BC Forest Service. Now retired and an avid horticulturalist, Frank raises unusual Australian and temperate-zone plants in his large greenhouse on Quadra Island, BC. An enthusiastic painter, Frank developed his style partly by studying with local artists, Doris Ritchie and Cindy Longland in Campbell River. Frank's intensely-coloured watercolours and mixed media often feature his imaginative, sometimes whimsical, impressions of nature. By contrast, his geometric patterns and optical illusions are designed to intrigue.