Research for undersea project

These aren’t finished – they’re just night time thoughts that will come together somehow into prints, later.  I like putting them online because then I can look at my ideas from my phone.  Love that phone.

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Radiolaria, foraminifera, sessile invertebrates and more primordial soup under the sea


The forminiferal ooze!  (Here’s a full illustrated  catalogue of forminiera: )

What are Radiolaria and Foraminifera?

  •  Amoeba-like single-celled microscopic organisms
  • Produce intricate mineral shells or skeletons
  • Live in environments that contain liquid water e.g. in the ocean, inside the body
  • Usually less than 1 mm in size
  • Their structures are made of natural glass
  • Belong to the group “Rhizaria”.

There are three main groups of Rhizaria:[4]

Sessile invertebrates

These are animals without backbones that can be attached to a reef, like corals, barnacles, sponges and aenemones.

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My work is influenced by impressions of these deep sea forms.  The microworld of the sea fascinates me.  I want to invoke natural colours and forms.  I derive inspiration from marine biology, mycology. I love looking intently at the detailed morphology of lichens, fungi and microscopic marine organisms.  The more I look at their detail, the more beautiful they seem.

Here’s some of my recent explorations:

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