Oil Spill!

I illustrated Oil Spill for HarperCollinsback in the1990s when I was painting with opaque watercolor. It's been a successful and always timely book on the school market. This book was referring back to the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, but there seems to always be a recent oil spill in the news. I found out that sea otters are many kid's favorite animal.

Oil Spill cover painting

Oil Spill cover painting

Oil Spill! cover

Oil Spill! cover

Puffins on a polluted beach

Puffins on a polluted beach. (Oil Spill, by Melvin Berger, HarperCollins Publishers)


oil skimmer machine

Oil skimmer machine used to suck oil from the surface of the water


  1. Sarah Holland
    January 15, 2018

    I would like to use your otter image to make one poster to hold at a rally in Maine, opposing off-shore oil drilling. May I have your permission? I am not reproducing more than one and not selling or making any profit on it. I just think it would be a very good poster – with the words: “You Otter Know Better!”

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  3. Kimberly Stafko
    March 12, 2013

    We are entering the Ct science fair with our project titled ” The Effects of Natural Sorbents on Petroleum” We wanted to use your diagram to show what some of the skimmer look like. We have given your picture the credit underneath and we have also listed you in our reference section. We wanted to Thank-you for your picture it really helped our board brighten up!


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