Julieta Di Mase was born in Venezuela and moved with her family to Florida in 1994. She has earned a Bachelor in Science in biology from the University of Miami and an Associate’s degree in fashion design from the Art Institute. She is currently a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University and researches hippocampal neurogenesis in mouse models of autism, before this she studied neuroprotection in Drosophila after hypoxia. Julieta often uses art and fashion designing as an outlet for her creativity. For more of her artistic work visit: Julietadimase.com
||ROYGBzzz, Colored pencil, Pen & Digital
Tania Lemos Eskin’s artistic background originally took her to Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She has since returned to the world of academia via a Master’s in marine science from Northeastern University, with the goal of having a larger positive impact on our planet. Currently she is the Rodal lab manager at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Tania created this vibrant piece using both digital and physical platforms to manipulate the familiar sight of Drosophila on a Flypad into artwork reminiscent of the psychedelic 60’s and 70’s (or, conceivably, the Trapper Keepers of the early 90’s).
||Fly Shadow, Watercolor
Rachael Kuintzle is currently a graduate student at Oregon State University, where she uses fruit flies as a model organism to study aging and circadian rhythms. She often features scientific settings or objects in her art to express the beauty she finds in scientific inquiry. In her spare time, Rachael blogs about science-related art and poetry at http://www.teleportingmoth.com
||Drosophila draconia, Digital
Jen Berry is a freelance front end developer by trade, but draws and paints when out of the office. She has a degree in Zoology from Cambridge University, and has always been fascinated by animals. She first drew a Drosophila for a logo to represent the Russel Laboratory, part of the genetics department at Cambridge University. To see more of her art, have a look at her website: www.jenberry.co.uk.
||Drosophila steampunkii, Digital
Frank Macabenta is presently a graduate student in Dr. Sunita G. Kramer’s laboratory at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. There, he investigates the signaling pathways that mediate the formation of the Drosophila dorsal vessel. As an artist, Frank enjoys translating his imagination, ideas, and perspectives into a visual context distinct from written word or speech. Genesee’s first digital commission, Frank completed this work on a Wacom Intuos4 Medium Graphic Tablet, and painted using GIMP version 2.6.11.
||Complexity, Watercolor and Ink
Irene Gutierrez is a biologist from Alicante, Spain. Her first exposure to Drosophila was in 2003 when she started to work in a genetics laboratory at Miguel Hernández University, Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (UMH-CSIC). As an artist Mrs. Gutiérrez uses her scientific model organism of choice as the principal subject of her drawings. Her internationally celebrated blog “Drosophila drawings” caught the attention of Genesee Scientific, which is honored to name her its 2013 Drosophila Art Commission recipient. More of her remarkable work can be seen at http://drosophiladrawings.blogspot.com.es
||THE FLY GOD, Watercolor
Sergio Castrezana was first selected for the Genesee Drosophila Art Commission in 2009 with his creation of Aztec Fly, which remains a favorite of Drosophilists around the world. Dr. Castrezana has again infused his Aztec heritage onto this latest Drosophila art masterpiece. Dr. Castrezana currently works at the University of California, Los Angeles where his research focus is in Drosophila ecology and systematics.
||Splatterophila, Acrylic on Canvas
A native of rural North Carolina, Josh Wheless grew up on a dairy farm. Since early childhood Mr. Wheless has had a fascination with art, and also a gift to create it. Now, as a valued employee at Genesee Scientific’s North Carolina facility, Josh continues to seize opportunities to produce art as he always has, from his everyday life. His inspiration in this case was while engaged in inventory logistics for Genesee Drosophila research products. Splatterophila features the signature thick-black-line technique he perfected in art school and then coined “Controlled Splatter”.
Cassidy Johnson believes that science is an art form; however, where traditional forms of artistic often expression delve into explanations of the emotive side of life, science explores its functionality. Every Western blot, 2-D gel, and Gal4-UAS expression pattern is an art piece. A Texas native, Cassidy has always honored the fact that she shares the same birthday with one of her favorite artists, Salvador Dali, whose style has been very influential in her work. Cassidy is currently a graduate student at Rice University and is finishing her PhD in Biochemistry & Cell biology under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Stern.
||AZTEC FLY, Watercolor on Aztec Amate Paper
Sergio Castrezana is an artist and scientist extraordinaire. While actively pursuing his scientific career, Castrezana dabbled in drawing and painting as an avocation. Originally from Mexico City, Castrezana frequently interacted with native Indians who spoke the classical language of the Aztecs. Fascinated with languages, he developed his own pictographs, which are hidden throughout this Drosophila painting. Dr. Castrezana is the Manager and Curator of the Drosophila Species Stock Center at University of California, San Diego.
||FRUIT FLY, Acrylic on Canvas
Adriana Paoletti’s journey as an artist began when she looked out the window one day and felt an overwhelming desire to chronicle the beauty she saw there. Her preferred subjects are landscapes and living things. Her preferred mediums are acrylic, watercolor, and pencil. Adriana painted the fruit fly to celebrate small, everyday miracles, and the inauguration of FlyStuff.com, a division of Genesee Scientific.