Apiarist

Media:PS CC, Wacom Intuos Pro
Client:Illustrated for my biography in the book I illustrated "One Cookie at a Time, The Story of Bake Me Home"

I like to include bees in my art, especially self portraits. My last name, Appiarius, is rooted with the latin word for bee, Apis. Perhaps, as my grandmother believes, my ancestors were named for their profession of bee-keeping. The word seems to say so: 

“Apiarist is a word that dates from 1816 and is derived from the word “apiary,” meaning beehive. Apiary dates from the 1650s, and beekeeping as an enterprise is even older, dating back to ancient Egypt. Both apiarist and apiculturist are terms mostly used for farmers who keep bees for commercial purposes, whether for their honey or to pollinate crops. However, apiarist is also used for scientists who study bees. Apiarist is the more commonly used term of the two.”