Summer Drawings

I’ve had a great summer drawing with graphite, ink, conté crayon, gouache and watercolor. The drawings range in size from 26×20 to 46×30. Shown below are a few of my favorites:
April 17, 2016

April 13, 2016

April 16, 2016

April 19, 2016

April 14, 2016

May 1, 2016

Drawing L

April 27, 2016

April 28, 2016

Drawing5.9.16_46x30_ink and guache on paper

Drawing N

Drawing M

Lumenis: inspired by micro-organisms from the sea


It’s been 4 months since I last posted and I’m continuing to research ideas for my project about medicines from the sea. In doing so, I’ve been playing with shapes and colors of many of the micro-organisms one might find under the microscope.


These shapes are washi that’s been hand-dipped in pigmented wax, then hand-cut to create cellular shapes.


This process, always evolving, hasn’t totally revealed itself yet in terms of where this installation might end up.


So, I keep working with space, shape and color.

Lumenis Collage 1, jpeg
Lumenis Collage 1, mulberry and pigmented wax, 15×11, 2015

Lumenis Collage 2
Lumenis Collage 2, mulberry and pigmented wax, 15×11, 2015

Lumenis Collage 3

Lumenis Collage 3, mulberry and pigmented wax, 15×11, 2015

Lumenis 31 web, Encaustic, Collage and Oil on Panel, 24x24, 2015

Lumenis 31, pigmented wax, collage and oil on panel, 24×24, 2015

Lumenis 30 web, Encaustic, collage and oil on panel, 24x24 2015

Lumenis 30, pigmented wax, collage and oil on panel.24×24, 2015

I just began growing my own micro-organisms in Petri dishes – stay tuned for images!

2015 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Project: Medicines from the Sea

Medicines from the Ocean
In April of this year, I was honored to receive a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with a portion of the award. During the spring of 2014, I was listening to KQED radio and heard an interview with Dr. Roger Linington, a chemistry professor from UC Santa Cruz. He was discussing his research about micro-organisms collected during ocean dives. Roger and his colleagues would bring specimens back to the lab after they were placed in Petri dishes that had been treated with various cells – cancer, malaria, AIDS, etc. They would culture these to see if there was a positive reaction and if so, they would be tested further.

Ocean exploration often leads to new ideas, new theories and discoveries, including new medicines. From slime to sponges, researchers are exploring the ocean’s depths for new medications to treat cancer, bacterial infections, viruses, heart disease, pain, and other ailments.

The seas contain an uncounted number of species of plants and animals. These creatures provide a vast storehouse of chemical compounds unknown on land. An ocean commission report lists chemicals and biological materials from marine organisms now in use or development, including 10 anti-cancer drugs, drugs to fight inflammation, fungus, tuberculosis, HIV, malaria and dengue.


A number of marine creatures have been used successfully in medical research and testing.


A Caribbean sponge has been discovered to generate compounds used in AZT (zidovudine, Retrovir), which is used to fight the AIDS virus. Caribbean gorgonian (a soft coral) produces a group of compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, which are also included in an anti-wrinkle cream. A tentacled aquatic organism, called bryozoan Bugula neritina, yields a compound being tested as a cancer drug. Skates (a flat fish shaped like a kite) have provided clues used in treating vision loss. Corals and mollusks are used to make orthopedic and cosmetic surgical implants. Horseshoe crabs are commonly used to test for bacterial contamination. Microalgae are used in vitamins and other nutritional supplements. Bone grafts from coral skeletons, pain relievers from sea snail venom, and infection-fighting agents from shark skin are all under study.

The list is plentiful even though 95 percent of the ocean has yet to be explored. Exotic, hard-to-reach places, such as deep-sea hot vents and seabed sediments, have barely been documented. However, as advances in ocean exploration and underwater technology open new depths to scientists, the ocean’s potential as a biochemical resource has become more apparent.


To uncover medical mysteries of the deep, NOAA has partnered with “bioprospecting” scientists to find marine organisms with chemical compounds capable of treating human diseases. With NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration, experts ashore are connected live to the ship as it maps the ocean and collects ocean specimens, some with potential medical and economic benefits.

With an increasing number of specimens collected from a variety of ocean projects, scientists may find that the ocean could become the biological focus for discovering 21st century medicines.

In the future, marine ecosystems could represent an increasingly important source of medical treatments, nutritional supplements, pesticides, cosmetics, and other commercial products. Drugs from the ocean are without question one of the most promising new directions of marine science.

While my installation project has yet to reveal itself completely, there will be two and three dimensional components, all inspired by these beautiful images of micro-organisms from the sea.

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Detail from (r)evolution 28, 2014, encaustic, graphite, oil and collage on panel, 48×40
Please check back for visual updates on this project!

Recent works on paper and paintings from FOLDED and (r)evolution series

FOLDED web- August 24, 2014, Pigmentd Beeswax, silk thread on kitakata, 33x35

FOLDED August 24, pigmented wax and silk thread on Kitakata, 33×35, 2014

FOLDED web- August 17, 2014, Pimented Beeswax, silk thread on kitakata, 38x32

FOLDED August 17, pigmented wax and silk thread on Kitakata, 38×32, 2014

FOLDED web-July 29, 2014, Pigmented Beexwax, silk thread on kitakata, 39x27

FOLDED July 29, pigmented wax and silk thread on Kitakata, 39×27, 2014

Folded September 2014 web, Pigmented Beeswax and Silk Thread on Kitakata, 48x18

FOLDED September 2014, pigmented beeswax and silk thread on Kitakata, 48×19, 2014

(r)evolution 20 web. pigmented beeswax, oil and collage on panel, 40x30

(r)evolution 20, pigmented wax, oil and collage on panel, 40×30, 2014

(r)evolution 19 web, Pigmented Beeswax, Oil, Graphite and Collage on Panel, 40x40

(r)evolution 19, pigmented wax, graphite, oil and collage on panel, 40×40, 2014

(r)evolution 15web, encaustic and collage on panel, 40x40

 (r)evolution 15, pigmented wax, oil and collage on panel, 40×40, 2014

(r)evolution 18 web, Pigmented Beeswax, Oil, Graphite, Collage on Panel, 40x40

(r)evolution 18, pigmented beeswax, graphite, oil and collage on panel, 40×40, 2014

(r)evolution 21 web, Pigmented Beeswax, graphite, oil and collage on panel, 40x30trac

(r)evolution 21, pigmented beeswax, graphite, oil and collage on panel, 40×30, 2014