Atlantic Ribbed Mussels

Atlantic Ribbed Mussels 2.1.2020-006 (Large)

The Atlantic Ribbed Mussell (Geukensia Demissa) is featured in this painting.  Mussels have been killed by an alien species, zebra mussels, which were brought to the United States from Eastern Europe.  The zebra mussels killed our native mussels by holding their shells closed to stop them from taking in oxygen and food.  Mussel murder???  For more information about this painting, click  here. 

 

Soft Shell Clam (mya arenaria)

Mya Arenaria clam 2.2.2020-005 (Medium)

This is a small 5 x 7 inch painting of the soft shell clam that is native to both coasts of the United States.  It is a bivalve.  Fossils of bivalves have been found in rocks from the early Cambrian period–about 500 million years ago.  That was 300 million years before dinosaurs!  For more information on this painting, click here.

Oysters

Oysters 2.1.2020-002 (Medium)

This is a painting of the American or Common Oyster.  It is 5 x 7 inches on canvas panel.   Oysters are bivalves.  Bivalves have no bones or head!  In order to hold themselves together, they grow shells.  I have written an article about oysters and other bivalves that appeared in the March edition of  The Breeze Magazine of the Lowcountry.   Six of my paintings illustrate the article.  For more information about this painting, click here.