Geeky Etsy Finds: Watercolor Bacteria and More

Today’s Etsy feature is a great intersection of science and art (one of my favorites!) with fabulous watercolor paintings of aspects of our bodies and some of the creatures that invade them. Come see what fun you can have with paints and cells!


There are much cuter this way than living on your skin, right!

What do you make?

I make original watercolor paintings of all sorts of cool stuff like brain cells, bacteria, viruses, ekg patterns and blood vessels. I usually use a techniquecalled wet-in-wet, which means that I put down a background color and then add another color while the first one is still wet. The paint “bleeds” and createsall kinds of amazing natural fractal patterns. Most of my paintings have a lot of bright color, but sometimes I take it down a notch and just do blue-on-blue.

Who are you and/or how did you get started?

I’m a late bloomer. I stayed in school for a long time and then got a job as amanagement consultant. After doing that for a while, I moved with my husbandto Bermuda, where I didn’t have a work permit. I needed something to do, soI started painting and making collages. There was a gallery there that took my work and sold some pieces, so that gave me confidence to continue. When we came back to the US, I had a new baby and I didn’t want to go right back to work,so I kept painting and eventually started showing my work locally. Now I show at a ton of festivals around the DC area as well as selling online.

What makes your items great for geeks?

My paintings naturally appeal to biology geeks. I think scientists really like something that relates to what they’re doing but is genuinely artistic at the sametime. I have a series of paintings on display at the NIH right now, so that’s a pretty high concentration of bio-geeks! The series is on love and death, but it’s all cell-based. I thought about what goes on at the cellular level when you experience love or desire – your skin flushing, your brain cells firing, your heartbeating faster, etc – and depicted that visually in cells. Kind of the same with death, although there I pretty much just focused on different kinds of cells that can kill you – bacteria, viruses and cancer. So I basically took the theme of Romeo and Juliet – love and death – but presented it in a scientific way.

What sorts of geeky stuff are you into?

I have to admit that I’m probably not a big geek by your readers’ standards. I like science, obviously, and I’m attracted to a lot of visual geekery like robots and monsters – especially cute ones. But mostly I like to paint and read a lot, so Iguess that makes me more of a nerd.

Making more cells is fun!

Well, we think you are a great geek, and certainly fall on our Venn Diagram of geek, nerd, freak! Whether you like science or not, however, these paintings are beautiful and would decorate any home fabulously, also, we’ve set up a great coupon for you: 10% off with coupon code GEEKLOVE. Now, get shopping!

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