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October 16, 2018

Collecting from the Deep

Characterizing Venting and Seepage Along the California Coast: Collecting from the Deep By Jennifer Berglund and Charlotte Seid  You might not expect to find snails, sponges, or worms in the emergency room or medicine cabinet, but they are often a surprising source of lifesaving drugs. Marine organisms – mostly those from accessible shallow waters – have enabled the discovery of more than 30,000 new molecules with potential medical applications. And …


October 15, 2018

Mechanical Muse

Leighton Rolley – one of the lead marine technicians on R/V Falkor – has a reputation for wild ideas. When he suggested I use the manipulator arm on our Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV SuBastian) to make a painting, I did not want to get my hopes up that such a unique opportunity might be possible.


October 10, 2018

Immersive Experience

As an artist, I have long been inspired by remote environments that thrive in extreme conditions and transform our understanding of life. Enveloping the viewer in atmospheric, outsize scenes of bizarre sea creatures and remote habitats, my paintings aim to evoke the immersive experience of exploration and discovery.


September 30, 2018

Artist at Sea: Perpetual Motion

By taking screen captures of some of the mapping data coming in, as well as some 3D data that chief scientist Susan Merle had gathered on a previous expedition of this region, I was able to utilize this as imagery in my work.


September 24, 2018

The World’s Oldest Camera: The Sun

Artist-at-sea: “It is not every day you get to make art with people from all around the world, literally. I think I must have made a cyanotype with people representing 10+ countries. It was an experience of a lifetime.”


September 10, 2018

Interpreting Space, Discovering Color, Defining Form

I have watched my little studio flat transform into a creative sanctuary of color, as I fill it with an increasing number of paintings inspired by the experience and in particular the vibrant multibeam sonar technology imagery.


September 4, 2018

Walking the Cascadia Margin

My studio back at home feels very still and hopeful after a richly engaging week on Falkor. I can see I will need to settle and focus before being able to channel the big energy and ideas that were the staples of our week on board ship.


August 29, 2018

Art asks questions, science seeks answers

I am set up with a painting space in the Wet Lab, surrounded by scientists, ocean mud, chemicals, as well as a wide array of colorful test tubes and equipment. It is an active place, and the perfect space for creating direct paintings about this important ocean research.


July 21, 2018

Solving microbial mysteries with autonomous technology: A whirlwind

On our last night at sea, I spread my artwork across the two long tables in the library. In a few minutes, members of the science party and crew will file into the room to browse through my work and ask questions about my creative process.


February 1, 2017

Taking Sail on a Creative Voyage from Sea to Space

I will do as they did, utilizing my 21st Century skills as scientific illustrator, designer and photographer, to explore and share the connections between nature, science, and art.