Junonia, alphabet cone, tiger cowrie, conch

Junonia, Alphabet Cone, Tiger Cowrie, Queen Conch internet

This is an 8 x 10 painting. The Queen Conch shell is one I have owned for years!  Conchs were used by the Haitians to summon voodoo spirits.  The Florida Keys were a major source of Queen Conchs until the 1970s, but harvesting them is now prohibited.  The cone snails are not friendly fellows.  They have over 100 toxins in their body and the venom is similar to curare, used by natives to make poisonous arrows.  There have been over 30 recorded cases of death by cone snail. For more information about this painting click here.

Cyetulus Spindle, Murex, Harp Seashells

Cyetulus Spindle, Murex, Harp internet

This is another 8 x 8 canvas panel that would go quite well with the painting shown last week!  The animals that inhabited these shells are commonly known as sea snails and part of the phylum Molluska in the animal kingdom.  These creatures evolved about 500 million years ago and there are more than 100,000 known species.  There is no definitive catalogue of all of them yet. For more information about this painting, click here.

Barnicles, Tiger Cowrie Murex & Scallop

Barnicles, Tiger Cowie, Murex, Scallop internet

More seashells!   I love the brown, rust, white and tans of these different shells.  This is an 8 x 8 canvas panel.  Cowrie shells have an interesting history.  For hundreds of years they were used as money in parts of Africa.  Slave traders used cowrie shells to trade for human slaves.  In the 1680’s, a slave cost 10,000 shells.  In 1770 the cost for an adult male slave was 150,000 cowrie shells. For more information about this painting, click here.

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 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 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.


Cockles 2.1.2020-001 (Medium)

This is a painting, 5 x 7 of the shells of cockles (cardiidae).  Before the era of modern medicine, heart patients were given ground-up cockles shells by physicians.    This painting appeared in the March edition of The Breeze, Magazine of the Lowcountry.  For more information on the painting, click here.