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Ode to Neurospora

A few weeks ago I happened on an article mentioning Neurospora, a bread mold fungus, and I remembered using it in a college biology class. It is so interesting and beautiful to observe through the microscope. In 1958 Beadle and Tatum won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work in the 1930s on the relationship between genes and enzymes in the non-pathogenic Neurospora. These early studies on Neurospora initiated the important development of biochemical genetics and molecular biology. The properties that make Neurospora a good model for scientific studies are its fast growth rate, ease of culture, simple nutritional requirements, regular Mendelian genetics, susceptibility to mutagenesis, and other factors. Neurospora is beautiful to observe and fun for experimentation. Left and right brain collided in creating this artwork.

Ode to Neurospora

Ode to Neurospora 11″ x 14″

A Walk in the Woods

Ever since the fitness center closed last march, I have been trying to walk almost every day. I’m always looking for inspiration for my glass art. I love trees with interesting lichen and fungal patterns, and I have been looking more closely at the bark patterns too. These are my first attempts to create the feeling and look of the woods.

LIchens Liking (20 x 16)

Lichens Liking (20 x 16)


A Walk in the Woods (22 x 18)

A Walk in the Woods (22 x 18)

Climate Change and Trying to Hold Back Mother Nature

2021 Beach renewal

2021 Beach renewal

Last weekend we were at the NC coast along Emerald Isle and found beach renourishment in progress. I question whether these projects paid for with our tax dollars are really going to hold back the sea water rise caused by global warming or the beach loss after more numerous and stronger hurricanes. The natural beach shifts back and forth so much each year in this area that I think this effort would be comical if it weren’t so sad (and expensive).

Here are some of my artworks that make me think about issues we are facing with climate change and global warming. Also, here’s a link to an article by an interesting company “Sofar” that collects and provides data (wind speeds, waves, etc) from spots in oceans around the world for businesses like shipping and others: https://www.sofarocean.com/posts/how-does-climate-change-affect-the-ocean.

Glacial Melting 24×20 (sold)

Beauty and the Beast and Glacial Melting represent global warming and glacial melting. Beauty is what we see, but the Beast is Climate Change.

Beauty and the Beast 16×20

The Fukushima earthquake and tsunami occurred in 2011, and Pacific currents brought tsunami debris to the US northwest coast. In June of 2012, a 66 ft long concrete dock from Fukushima washed up on Agate Beach, Oregon. The dock harbored about 100 Japanese marine species, and scientific study of floating debris from the tsunami commenced. A study published in Nov, 2017 described some of the impacts of the tsunami on the environment of the US pacific coast. 280 Japanese species, mostly invertebrates, 2/3 of which were new to the US, were found on floating debris at the US coast.
A major factor in this tsunami dispersal is the replacement of wood in coastal development with non degradable synthetics. Now plastic junk can take invasive species on a 5000 mile journey without sinking.
Part of the concrete dock is now on display in front of the NOAA building in Newport, Oregon. I took photos of it and created the art piece seen here as a marker of what is happening to our ocean environment.

Fukushima Tsunami Traveller 16×20

The Gulf Stream is the most important current in the north Atlantic. The warm salty current rushes north along the US east coast, crosses toward Scandinavia and northern Europe, and dives down as it cools in the north to a southerly direction along Europe toward Africa, where it emerges and completes the circle back toward the Gulf of Mexico. It is a major warming influence for Scandinavia, the British Isles and all around the north Atlantic. Because of Global warming, the major ice fields of Greenland and the Arctic are melting and mixing that fresh water with the Gulf Stream causing it to slow down. This is thought to potentially cause major shifts in climate in the region. “The Current Situation” is my artwork that reminds us of this issue. It will be very difficult to address without major shifts in international policies regarding climate change.

The Current Situation (sold)

Low Tide at dusk is my ideal beach. Beautiful calm clean water and a nice sunset. How much longer will we see beaches like this?

Low Tide at Dusk

It feels like we can see the light at the end of the tunnel

As the days are getting longer and more people are getting vaccinated, I am hopeful for the opening up of our lives and livelihoods.
Here is one of my new artworks called the Bird Watcher. After seeing very few birds in my back yard over the winter, I decided to wash out the bird feeders and set them up with new food. After about 2 weeks they are finally finding the food and visiting my area again.

Bird Watcher (20" x 16")

Bird Watcher (20″ x 16″)

Indecision or Transition

This seems like a good time to experiment. A few years ago I took a workshop where we started with a simple idea and built on it to make a series of related piece from simple to more complex. I decided to try this again and came up with this final product. While it is titled “Indecision”, I think of it more as a transition from one piece to the next.

Indecision (30" x 12")

Indecision

Fun With Bullseye Graffiti Glass

Some times when I’m looking through the Bullseye graffiti and glasscadia glass at Carolina Stained Glass, I see a vision of a creature that wants to emerge from the pattern in the glass. To see what I mean, check out my Glasscadia art in the Menu. Bullseye Glass is now holding a contest with their graffiti glass to make something interesting. To advertise the contest, they used my piece called, “Mutant Boar”. Here is another piece I just finished with a small piece of the graffiti glass I had. It’s “A Whale of a Whale.”

A Whale of a whale

A Whale of a whale

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