By day, I am a Professor at Eastern Michigan University, where I enjoy conducting research in my laboratory and teaching students about Cellular & Molecular Biology. When I am not in the lab or the classroom, I love creating art. While it may seem unusual for a scientist to moonlight as an artist, I believe that the same creativity needed for designing experiments is instrumental for making artwork.
My LEGO mosaic origin story… While visiting a LEGO store in Chicago with my family, I was mesmerized by a huge LEGO mosaic, depicting the Chicago cityscape, on the wall outside the store. I had never dreamed of using LEGO to create two-dimensional artwork. I was fascinated by the way that subtle details, invisible up close, somehow emerged when I stepped back and viewed the mosaic from a different perspective and I was inspired to explore this art medium.
I tried to start “simple” and create a small (20″ x 20″) LEGO mosaic of a cartoon character (LEGO Hulk from the LEGO Marvel Superheroes video game) as a gift for a friend. I soon realized that I had misjudged the difficulty of this art project. I needed large quantities of LEGO bricks , and I needed many in colors not represented in the LEGO palette. To unlock a greater array of colors, I decided to paint LEGO bricks. This started with commercial spray paints and has evolved into custom formulations of artist-grade acrylics that I mix myself.
Through the years (and hudreds of thousands of bricks later…) I have continually refined my techniques while increasing the size and complexity of my artworks. I really enjoy creating LEGO mosaic artwork, and I hope you enjoy the artwork I have created. I would love to hear from you if you have questions or comments!
I’d love to discuss the opportunity to work together.
If you like what you see here and have an idea for a custom work that I could help bring to life using LEGO bricks, please contact me by email or using the form below. I can create one of a kind mosaics and portraits of family, friends, pets, or you name it. If you wish to build the mosaic yourself, I can assist with design and layout, so your final product will be top notch. I can even create digital artwork in the style of LEGO bricks. Of course, there are many other possibilities. If you have an idea for a commission, please contact me!
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