I thought I would do something a little different in honor of International Women’s Day today and feature an artist I have been following on Instagram for quite some time now. A few months back I had been contacted by Annabel through one of my photoblogs. She had seen a photo I had taken of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories on Long Island and had asked permission to use my image as an inspiration for her painting. I told her she was more than welcome to use it and the only thing I wanted in return was to see the finished product. The next day she contacted me and provided a link to her finished work. As I stared at amazement at her painting I realized that she was an extraordinary artist. Below is my original image and a link to Annabel’s interpretation of it.
Click here for Annabel’s watercolor
Annabel paints miniature water colors and I have been a follower of hers on Instagram ever since she emailed me that painting of Cold Spring Harbor. She has done a 365 project where she painted a different miniature painting every day for a year and has loads of paintings on Instagram and Facebook as well as her own site which I will provide links to later in this post.
Here is a bio that I have taken off her site (by permission of course) and I think she is just an amazing woman, perfect to celebrate International Women’s Day.
I divide my time between being a scientist and a self-taught illustrator that is passionate about tiny details. I was born in Mexico City but a couple of years ago I moved to New York to become a Structural Biologist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Since I was a kid, I have always been detail oriented, and my scientific training has helped to enhance that side of mine. You can see all that reflected in my artwork.
My work is highly influenced by the traditional artisans in Mexico: our culture is full of color and beautiful patterns that have evolved from ancient times until now. The basic medium I use is watercolor, but recently I started exploring acrylics and gouache.
Being a Structural Biologist I study all the tiny details about the proteins in the cell, this is always a great source of daily inspiration. I consider nature the most beautiful piece of art.
I truly hope you will take the time to visit Annabel’s social media sites.
I have included a few more noteworthy links: