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.

Clam (Northern Quahog)

Northern Quahog clam 2.1.2020-004 (Medium)

Clams are mollusks and range widely in size and weight.  The smallest clam can be as small as 0.2 inches in length while the largest clam ever found weighed 550 pounds.  Giant clams can be over 4 feet long.   For more information about this painting, click here.

Scallop

Scallop 2.1.2020-003 (Medium)

This is the sea shell of a Scallop (aequipecten glyptus) painted on a 5 x 7 canvas panel.  This painting and six of my other paintings of seashells and my article about these mollusks appeared in the March 2020 edition of The Breeze Magazine of the Lowcountry. For more information about the 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.