Press

Boston Globe, West Weekly section, Sunday,  July 4, 1999

People from all over the world know and admire her work. She’s extraordinarily knowledgeable on the subject of shells, so scientifically her drawings are very accurate.

— Michael LaFosse, origami master and owner of Origamido Studio in Haverhill, MA

The Encyclopedia of Seashells, by Dr. Gary Rosenberg, Dorset Press, New York, 1992

Eagerly awaited by collectors worldwide, this lavishly and lovingly illustrated new regional guide, Seashells of Eastern Arabia, created by a quartet of highly respected workers in conchology and malacology, is a joy to behold. The gastropod section of the treatment of species opens with the fine drawings of Mathilde Duffy, illustrating the parts of the gastropod shell … not a book for the novice.

— Dr. Jon Greenlaw’s article in The Junonia, a sheller’s publication in Sanibel, FL

The Mid-Ocean News,  Art Review section, Bermuda, May 23, 1991

The exhibition of wildlife art that opened at the Arts Centre at the Dockyard is nature taken very seriously indeed; the run-of-the-mill viewer may feel a little overwhelmed and find himself left as a member of the most polluting of nature’s species, with a fair-sized sense of guilt. This is a technical tour-de-force not often to be seen and an homage, indeed an obeisance, to nature so profound that anyone with the slightest interest in the wildlife around him must certainly make his pilgrimage to the Dockyard and this show.

Mathilde Duffy, also from Massachusetts, confines her attention to shells closely observed with the fine sense of pattern and rhythm. “My work,” she says, “has evolved into detailed studies of color relationships and intricate patterns utilizing worldwide rare and common shells, beach-worn fragments, and other sea related items. The flamboyant colors in shells rival and even surpass those in flowers, butterflies, and beetles. My work plays upon this inspiration.”

The Royal Gazette, “Wildlife — A Group Show,” Bermuda, May 27, 1991

Again, the work of a very specialized kind, but of a standard which has earned her recognition in over twenty countries.

Seashells of Eastern Arabia, by Donald T. Bosch, S. Peter Dance, Robert G. Moolenbeek, and P. Graham Oliver. Edited by S. Peter Dance. Motivate Publishing Company, Dubai, U.A.E.

Eagerly awaited by collectors worldwide, this lavishly and lovingly illustrated new regional guide, Seashells of Eastern Arabia, created by a quartet of highly respected workers in conchology and malacology, is a joy to behold. The gastropod section of the treatment of species opens with the fine drawings of Mathilde Duffy, illustrating the parts of the gastropod shell … not a book for the novice.

— Lynn Scheu, editor of American Conchologist magazine

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