Here at Life Science Network, we recognize the importance that art can play in communicating science and so we love to feature scientists who create art and artists who create science. This week we speak with Paul S. Hartley, a functional geneticist who also does beautiful wildlife-inspired drawings and paintings.
Dr Paul Hartley is a Senior Lecturer in Functional Genetics at Bournemouth University in England. He uses the fruit fly to study how genetic changes cause aging and age-related diseases in human hearts. Many of the genes responsible for heart function are conserved between humans and flies allowing Paul to take advantage of the fly as an animal model for human disease.
His most recent work, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, showed that the SPARC (Secreted Protein Acidic and Rich in Cysteine) protein may be a new drug target to treat cardiomyopathy.
Paul has been painting since the age of seven and primarily uses field sketches as the basis of his oil paintings to depict nature. "I’ve moved away from a formal, illustrative style to one that better reflects the moment and the joy of using oil. Field sketches are fast and unfinished, so I aim to capture this narrative of incomplete, abstracted memories and I love the possibilities that oil paints offer," Paul told LSN. He has exhibited his wildlife art at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Visitor Centre, the Hancock Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne and the Mall Galleries, London.
You can find out more about Paul's art and science on his website and at the Bournemouth University webpage.
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