The DiagnosisART! Collection
Select an image and you will find its title and a description of the original painting.
This is an Alphonse Mucha inspired painting which highlights rhinoplasty. It is a generous nod to the artist and his era but is strong in my technique, style and palette. The focal point is the face with the prominent female bust and black silhouettes forming each corner as they frame the frontal vie of the nasal bone and cartilage. The circles contain a nautilus, alar cartilage, a zodiac ram's head, deviated septum with turbinates, and art nouveau style butterfly wings for metamorphosis.
Acrylic on Masonite 24" x 36" This is my interpretation of the skull base anatomy as seen from an expanded endonasal approach. It is a minimally invasive technique that is executed by going through the nose using an endoscope. This approach allows the removal of tumors that lie at the base of the skull. Note the pituitary gland (yellow), optic nerves (blue), and carotid arteries (red), Cerebellum (cut sagittally) on the lower right and the Pons (shades of grey).
An atmospheric macro world of the skull base. On the left is middle intracranial fossa from a superior perspective. The jugular is shown draining into the water which contains gently floating vertebrae. On the right is the cavernous sinus from an anterior view with the basilar plexus, carotid artery, and multiple facial nerves.
Full of symbolism and meaning, this painting is my version of a modern Skull Base Surgery Still Life, or Vanitas. Each item in a traditional vanities has a purpose and message for the viewer. The pomegranate, for instance, represents resurrection, and abundant life. Inside the sphere you find an axial CT scan (with important landmarks) which recognizes the importance of technology and innovation in skull base surgery....
I have combined the imagery of a tree branch about to blossom with that of the breast lobules. This piece is about new life and the feminine experience.
Acrylic on Canvas 32"x 48" This painting is based on an echocardiogram in the parasternal long axis view. While investigating this topic I came across some images of the Heart Nebula captured by the Hubble Telescope. Combining the two images struck me as the perfect blend of symbolism and imagery.
Acrylic on Canvas 36" x 24"
Acrylic and sand on Hardbord 16" x 20" This painting is based upon the histological study of a dorsal root ganglion. In short, the ganglia (nerve cell clusters) contain the cell bodies of sensory neurons which send messages to the spinal cord. My artistic inspiration for this painting was the art of Gustav Klimt. He paired the soft realism of the faces and hands of his subjects with richly patterned fabrics that appeared more as decoration than realism.
Acrylic and natural fibers on canvas 48"x 60" shows a section of compact bone. Compact bone is characterized by haversian canals, series' of tubes around narrow channels arranged parallel to the long axis of the bone (dark centered circles). The Haversian canals surround blood vessels and nerve cells throughout the bone and communicate with lacunar osteocytes (dark squiggley blobs) through small canaliculi (stringy parts). This arrangement assists mineral deposition, giving bone its strength.
From the "Female HIstopathology Triptych" Acrylic on canvas 24" x 12" Endometrial hyperplasia occurs when the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. becomes thickened. This painting depicts the histological imagery, top to bottom, three various cellular "stages" of the endometrium from healthy to pre-cancerous.
From the "Female HIstopathology Triptych" acrylic on canvas 24"x12" CCA is a rare cancer often linked to diethylstilbestrol (DES), a drug which was prescribed to pregnant women with the mistaken belief that it prevented miscarriage. I have chosen to recreate this disease to present a landscape in which these cells could heal. I used the blues in the image to create fluidity and movement. This lends a soothing overtone as well as the feeling of healing and dynamic change.
From the "Female HIstopathology Triptych" 24"x12" MSO is the growth of thyroid cells in the Ovary. It is a rare teratoma which is typically benign. I have chosen to depict a section of Corpus Luteum in the lower left in yellow as it is this color in an actual specimen but more importantly to lend a balance to the striking red of the papillary thyroid cells at the top. There are also follicles shown at various stages.
acrylic and polymer on Hardbord 12" x 12" This painting depicts the blood supply to the cochlea captured with scanning electron microscopy. It is a spectacular view of the cochlea which identifies the intricate details of our body only seen with modern technology. it has many painted layers; including 3d/raised vessels. The process, in addition to the materials have created the depth necessary for the recreation of this subject matter.
acrylic and fibers on Hardbord 12" x 12" “Slice” depicts a photomicrograph of the cochlea. I have enhanced its beauty by creating texture, warmth, depth and contrast. In this preparation we can see some (sparse) nerve fibers of the osseous lamina striding their way toward the medial wall. Also visible is the organ of corti area which is the lightest colored band running near the outside of the turns. This view is available by dissection.
acrylic and fibers on Hardbord 12" x 12" One of four paintings from the “Cochlea Suite” this painting depicts the cochlea having been sliced down the approximate middle. The cross-sections of the basal, middle and apical turns are visible as they spiral around the modiolu, the central bony canal. The hearing nerve is visible and is the object that appears to be like a stem to the cochlea. The original painting was textured with natural fibers and sand.
acrylic and sand on Hardbord 12" x 12" This painting shows the three rows of cilia which are part of the outer hair cells (‘v’ shaped portions) as well as the single row of inner hair cells/cilia.
acrylic an polymer on canvas 20"x16"
acrylic on Masonite 26" x 12" This painting is my stylized interpretation of a coronal CT scan through the face. Visible is a concha bullosa in the patient’s right middle turbinate. "Concha bullosa refers to an enlargement or ballooning of the nasal turbinate with air. It is a normal anatomic variant, but occasionally, a concha bullosa can be very large and contribute to sinus obstruction.
acrylic on Hardbord 18"x 12" The internal carotid artery is one of my favorite landmarks of head and neck anatomy. The shape, path, placement and its function of carrying large amounts of life-giving blood to the brain are good enough reasons, I think! (There are gold shimmering paints used in this original which make it difficult to produce poster prints with accuracy)
acrylic on canvas 20" x 16" Commissioned in 2010 by a facial plastics fellow for her mentor, this piece depicts multiple microscopic tissues and cellular images in a layered collage.