This site has recently been updated [August 2019]. I hope new visitors will find it easy to navigate and interesting to learn more about my process.  For returning visitors, I hope you’ll enjoy the new format, and I’m sorry if something you liked has disappeared. Please contact us if you’re looking for information, images, or links from previously existing pages.  Everything is retrievable and we’ll be happy to help you find what you need.

 

Picture credits - Photographs: 

Images of my floating colors process and of me making art are screenshots from 2 short films: Peter Barton, “Visualizing Inner Space” and Emon Hassan, “How to Draw a Human Heart”)

Images of my Art & Anatomy class are by Alan Barnett and Andrew Neary, both for the NYU School of Medicine

Artist bio: Emon Hassan (from film)

Drawings:

‘Neural network with floating colors #1’ (Floating colors gallery) is based on a micrograph from Paul De Koninck Laboratory in Québec, Canada, used with the kind permission of Paul de Koninck 

‘Bone scaffolding (trabeculae)’ (Inner Space gallery) is based on micrographs by Dr. Alan Boyde of University College London, and used with his kind permission

Other images in the Consciousness gallery use micrographs of neurons from NYU's Virtual Microscope

 

Artwork

I digitally scan my own drawings and floating colors papers on a flatbed scanner; no photography is required.  

 

Anatomical sources:

I had two 3D spiral CT scans at NYULMC, thanks to radiologist Dr. Andrew Litt and with the generous assistance of Emilio Vega, now Director of the 3D Imaging Lab, and Philip Berman (for the 2000 scan) and Michael Bloom (2008 scan), Imaging Specialists. I have found their openness to and appreciation for the possibilities of artistic creativity in the medical setting to be remarkable, and I can’t thank them enough.  

The same is true for the many others who have shared their knowledge and helped me along the way. At the NYU School of Medicine I especially appreciate Dr. Felice Aull, Professor of Medical Humanities (now retired) and founding editor of the Literature, Arts & Medicine Database; and Katie Grogan of the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine.  

I’ve learned so much from the professors in the Anatomy Lab – and from my students.  Special thanks go to George Lew, manager of the Anatomy Lab, for his help with my Art & Anatomy class.  For their special dissections of spinal nerves, my then-student now Dr. Shian Liu and her Spine Lab colleague Dr. Vincent Challier; for great, detailed photographs of the dissections, master microscopist Michael Cammer.  Drawing the brain and answering my many neuroanatomy questions, Dr. Eric Lang. In the first few years of my artist residency, Dr. Avelin Malyango, a generous and brilliant teacher of anatomy.

At Weill Cornell Medical College, where I first got to draw in the Anatomy Lab (2001-05) and first thought of starting a drawing class for med students, my great thanks to Dr. Estomih Mtui and Charles Garrison.

 

And most especially:

For sharing, with total generosity, her deep and profound knowledge and insight, as well as her beautiful human skeleton and collection of bones, I thank my teacher, mentor, drawing partner and friend Irene Dowd ... a true artist of anatomy and the moving body. 

For his help and advice in turning my words and pictures into a website – and for so infinitely much more – ultimate thanks to Leo Ferguson.  

This list is very far from inclusive, and mostly acknowledges those whose help has been directly connected to this website and the visual images on it.  But I feel so thankful to so many more … and have struggled to find the right words to let them know how much their help and support and appreciation for my work has meant to me over the years.  Ultimately, making art is a labor of love and a gift from the artist to the world, and I’m grateful to each person who accepts the gift by responding to my work.