Paul’s Art Gallery

RED SEA REEF WITH JEWELFISH, oil on canvas, by Paul Erickson

TROPICAL BLOSSOM, oil on canvas, by Paul Erickson

FIRE OPAL, oil on canvas, by Paul Erickson

RAINFOREST BIRD, oil on canvas, by Paul Erickson

NASSAU MEDICINE GARDEN, oil on canvas, by Paul Erickson

DREAMING OF BIRDS, oil on canvas, by Paul Erickson (not for sale)

OCEAN’S EDGE, acrylic on masonite, by Susan Erickson

BEACH IN ACADIA, oil on canvas, by Paul Erickson

FIRE OPAL II aka SPACE JUNK, oil on canvas, by Paul Erickson
Academic pencil drawing by Paul Erickson, Montserrat College of Art, copy of DA VINCI’S HEAD OF A YOUTH (not for sale)
NATURAL STOP SIGN
DETAIL OF SPANISH DANCER NUDIBRANCH aka SEA SLUG

In our new road show Dazzle: How Nature Uses Colors to Attract, Repel, Disguise, and Fool, we spotlight this Spanish Dancer sea slug (nudibranch) I photographed in the Indo-Pacific. 

To predators, the marine mollusk’s dazzling color apparently say STOP! CONSUME AT YOUR OWN RISK. That’s because this red sea slug contains a toxic chemical obtained from a sponge the 6-inch long, soft-bodied mollusk loves to eat.

Backstory: pharmacologists have studied this chemical from the slug—an anti-fungal agent that fights off Candida albicans.