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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Is this DNA? I've seen GATTACA

I took the 16S watercolour to my local framing shop this afternoon to get a mat (I had a frame) for the exhibition….and I happened to ask the gentleman in the Framing Department if it were at all possible to have a mat cut RIGHT THEN - and he laughed and asked, “Is it for the art show?” “Why, yes it is!” I replied, and pulled out the painting so he and the assistant could measure it.  What size frame? he asked and I ran out to the car to grab it so it could be measured as well, and when I returned they asked - “Is this DNA? I’ve seen GATTACA” and I delightedly said, "YES it is, and that is was a 16S gene conserved across all living things"…..I started holding up mat colours to see what looked nice, what made the artwork pop - and he asked “Do we have a winner?" - and I said that I wanted something neutral - so he went in the back and pulled out a piece - “This is special order” he confided.  They cut it in 10 minutes, asked for my autograph, and wished me good luck as I very nearly skipped out of the store. 
Came home and framed it. 

Friday, May 22, 2015


The 16S DNA sequence as re-imagined as an Illuminated Manuscript, surrounded by California native species representing major taxonomic groups.

Watercolour and Ink on Arches 140wt. Hotpress

My submission for an Art of Science competition. Two insomniac nights to finish it in time.
I burned through my favourite brush painting this.....and I cannot rave enough about Arches paper, it is beyond fabulous!

Now available as a print here.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Work in Progress....

And all the delightful chaos that comes with 3am bursts of creativity.....

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Inspired by Rolex

Original Logo Design:

Representing the Three Stages of Eventing: Show Jumping, Dressage, and Cross-Country

Tuesday, April 28, 2015