Abstract Oil painting on Prime Linen, 12 in by 12 in, March 2011. It looks different in different light. This photo was made by a pro who specialized in imaging art for reproduction. He uses simulated daylight lamps. I also have photos taken in light shade and in sunlight for comparison.

There is a branch of Science that deals explicitly with the properties of solids and liquids (condensed matter): Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, and for a different “flavor”, Solid State Chemistry. In Condensed matter, there are materials that are hard and highly ordered (crystalline), and often electron-rich. These are the metals, semiconductors, and ceramics that drive the high-tech industry. There are other materials that are less ordered, often more complex, and frequently fragile or “soft”. These are the materials of life, Biophysics, colloid science, an Soft Matter Physics.

An important concept in soft matter is the idea that soft bits of “stuff” can often connect up to form more complex larger shapes. If enough of these shapes form connections to each other, and they bridge the entire volume of soft matter, they from a network. The transition from isolated shapes to a network creates changes in the properties of the material.

The isolated shapes that form on the way to this network are called “Lattice animals”.

One of a series of paintings addressing scientific imagery as metaphorical visual information. Through a change of context, these paintings (and drawings) explore an communicate the experiential aspects of investigation and discovery. By providing an alternative abstracted depiction of worlds an ideas that cannot be directly seen, a connection is built to the everyday world of objects.


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Dr. Regina Valluzzi, “The Nerdly Painter” – Art Inspired by Science from a Scientist inspired by Art
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  • Josh Bowe
    Josh Boweover 3 years ago

    Great painting and interesting blurb to go with this piece Regina

  • Thanks Josh, glad to hear I’m not being too technical!

    – Regina Valluzzi

  • Regina Valluzzi
    Regina Valluzziover 3 years ago

    Thanks Josh, glad to hear I’m not being too technical!

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 3 years ago

  • You guys are fast! Thanks for the feature!

    – Regina Valluzzi

  • DLKeur
    DLKeurover 3 years ago

  • Regina Valluzzi
    Regina Valluzziover 3 years ago

    Thanks for the feature!

  • judyjones
    judyjonesover 3 years ago

    The painting is beautiful-I’m afraid science scares me so although I get the gist of what you are saying I don’t really understand it-this does not affect my enjoyment of the painting :-)))

  • Hi Judy, That’s sort of the point – if you like it, relate to it, and get the gist, then what’s left to be afraid of?

    – Regina Valluzzi

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 3 years ago

    Nice work!


  • Thanks!

    – Regina Valluzzi

  • kaberoo
    kaberooover 3 years ago

    I ♥ Patterns featured . nice piece

  • Thanks for the feature!

    – Regina Valluzzi

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    Regina Valluzziover 3 years ago
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  • Thanks! I;m flattered!

    – Regina Valluzzi

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