My art is currently on display at two locations in Southern California: A solo exhibit at the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks and in a group show at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center in Santa Barbara.
For the past several years I’ve been fortunate to help Debra Sokolov curate the Thousand Oaks Art Association’s annual juried art show. Debra is a very experienced curator. I knew from the start that I would learn how to arrange an art show into an organized cohesive and pleasing exhibit from one of the best.
One of the challenges with taking pictures through the microscope is the instrument’s limited field of view. At low magnification, I can see the vastness of the crystals but not their fine detail. When I switch to a higher magnification, the crystals’ detail shows but at the expense of seeing less crystals. Frequently, I like both the large crystal picture and their fine detail. How to have my cake and eat it too? One way is to take a series of photographs moving the microscope slide ever so slightly with each shot and then try to “stitch” them together later on my computer, creating a single art piece from multiple images of the same crystal.
Several years ago Mike and I visited the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California. The center was co-founded by Paul Hahn and David Riherd. It is a zoological park nestled in an old olive grove. Wildlife Learning Center provides life-long care in a shady natural environment to more than 100 displaced, rescued and zoo-born wild animals. It is a wonderfully maintained facility and the animals are well cared for and appear very contented.
As part of my University of Utah’s Crocker Science Center Public Art proposal, I thought it would be interesting to see if I could crystalize amino acids and, if so, would the crystals be birefringent, meaning will they display color when applying polarized light. This started my quest to learn more about amino acids, how many there …
A couple of months ago I was approached by Where ART Lives magazine. The September/October issue was to be all about abstract fine art photography and they wanted to know if they could feature my art in their magazine.
Wow! What a compliment. I really like their magazine. They do such a professional presentation of their articles. I was very flattered they would ask. Of course I agreed!
I have been fortunate to merge my love for science, experimentation and discovery with my love for creating art by growing infinitesimally minute crystals and recording artistic scenes by photographing them through the microscope. I recently decided to foray into the public art arena.
Very recently I’ve experimented and created my first published digital photographic collage from my crystal art. I’m very excited to create more of these crystal photo collages.
As you may know, I sell my art as paper prints and as aluminum prints. Aluminum is a very special medium for my artwork as it allows for a unique depth and glow, closely resembling how I first saw the crystal image through the microscope. I even wrote a blog post all about why Aluminum …
Exciting news from my apparel and accessories brand: The 2016 Crystal Art Outfitters Summer Collection is now available! 3 all-new beautiful, summer-ready garments are now available in a variety of fun, perky prints and colors!