Michele Banks

Hello!  My name is Michele Banks and I’m a painter living and working in Washington, DC.  You might say I took the scenic route to becoming a professional artist.  I studied political science and Russian and worked in London and Moscow as a business consultant.  When my husband was offered a job in Bermuda, I went along but was unable to work, so I had a baby and started painting.  Both have turned out very well!

I mainly work in watercolor. When people think of watercolor, they think of pretty flowers and peaceful landscapes. But watercolor’s clarity, transparency and ability to “bloom” or “bleed” make it a great choice for scientific effects also. When watercolor paint meets a wet surface, it forms gorgeous fractal patterns, like neurons or blood vessels. When I look at photos of cells under a microscope, I’m amazed by their resemblance to some of my paintings. I particularly love making pictures of cells in various stages of division, or mitosis – not only is it beautiful, but it’s really the foundation of life itself.

I’ve been selling my work though festivals and galleries in the DC area for eight years now.  I recently started selling online though Etsy.  My paintings are hanging in some very nice labs and university biology departments now, but if you want to buy some bacteria for the kitchen or bathroom, that makes me happy too.



1. Green Cell Telophase





2. Heart Attack 3



3. Bacteria 4



4. Under the Microscope 3




5. Blue-Green Cell Cycle 3




6. Cell Division Blue 1



7. Atrial Flutter



8. Blue Mitosis Anaphase



9. Cell Division 4



10. Cell Division 8


Contact Michele Banks

Website: Artologica at Etsy

I do commission work – I’m happy to do a custom heart rhythm from your ekg, or a particular virus.

Email:  miche@null.net

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