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I was asked to participate in the US State Department's Art In Embassies program, which exhibits American art in U.S. embassies all over the world. My piece "Willow" is now on display in the embassy in Bern, Switzerland alongside some very impressive company.……
I have been remiss in not mentioning a couple recent articles:…

And this one, which curiously mixes mention of my pieces with an ad for Chevrolet, but hey publicity is good, right?…
I will have two pieces on display in the Fermilab Art Gallery from 3/20 until 5/7/2013.
Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois.
November 30th is the Fall Shockfossil run! Watch this space for new pieces and experiment results.
The World Science Fiction Convention was great fun! I had seven pieces in the art show and sold three.  I also had some small pieces at a dealer's table I shared with two other friends: and  Please check out their Lichtenbergs sometime.

  Now to prepare for the Fall production run!
I will be displaying several pieces at the World Science Fiction Convention ("Chicon") art show in Chicago from August 30 - September 3.

I have 12 feet of table space in the art show and will also have a couple open-run designs available at a friend's table in the dealer's room there as well.

  So much to get ready though. Yikes!
The Spring run of Shockfossils was conducted on March 23rd. We had some troubles with unseasonably high temperatures, which cause problems for the process. We did manage to compensate to some degree (so to speak)  and several new pieces have been created. Some of the new pieces I tried were not successful, but that's the name of the game here. We try new things and learn a lot each time, but we don't always come away with a lot of good finished pieces.  One large piece, "Aten" worked rather well and is now in the gallery.

  There is also a commission piece which I will post only after the customer takes delivery.
I just heard this wonderful quote and thought that it should be shared here:

"There is an influence which is getting strong and stronger day by day, which shows itself more and more in all departments of human activity, and influence most fruitful and beneficial—the influence of the artist. It was a happy day for the mass of humanity when the artist felt the desire of becoming a physician, an electrician, an engineer or mechanician or—whatnot—a mathematician or a financier; for it was he who wrought all these wonders and grandeur we are witnessing. It was he who abolished that small, pedantic, narrowgrooved school teaching which made of an aspiring student a galleyslave, and he who allowed freedom in the choice of subject of study according to one's pleasure and inclination, and so facilitated development."  -Nikola Tesla
Wow.  Since the mention on BoingBoing on the 12th, I've been getting a lot of great mail and comments here and on my YouTube channel!  I was even contacted by our Northern neighbors at Discovery Channel Canada asking if I had any video that they could use on their show "Daily Planet".  Today's find was an article on CNet:…

As always, I can be contacted directly at

  And please check out, where my collaborator Bert Hickman sells a wide selection of fine acrylic Lichtenbergs.
I ran into Cory Doctorow at a convention last weekend and he saw a display of my Shockfossils there. The next morning he posted a short mention of them and my video clip on BoingBoing. Several other blogs have since picked it up and I've been getting many nice comments and new watchers.

   Some have asked about purchasing pieces. I do have a number of "instances" of most of the pieces in this gallery, but they typically need to have the lighted bases fabricated. This adds quite a bit of lead time since this isn't my "day job", but if anyone would like to ask about the availability of a particular piece or ask any questions you'd rather not post here, you may contact me at

   And of course I invite you to check out the site of my friend and associate in this medium, Bert Hickman , at He carries a wide selection of Lichtenbergs at affordable prices.
The Fall 2011 run went well. We had a huge number of pieces to run and many experiments that took a lot of time. We ended up using 12 hours of time on the accelerator; a new record!
The team were all very sore and exhausted when it was over, and then several of us had a 7 hour drive the next morning.
Please also visit, the website run by our mentor and collaborator Bert Hickman, the man responsible for doing an extraordinary amount of research on Lichtenberg figures and pushing the technique to new heights.

There is a photo in the gallery of an illumination test one of the new large pieces: "Fronds".
A huge load of polished acrylic is in, new lead masks have been fabricated, and beam dosages have been calculated!
Now I must sort out the final fiddly details before I make the trip to the accelerator for a frantic day of zapping.

Test shots of new pieces will probably appear by Thanksgiving, and some finished pieces will show up here in December.

Here's hoping that most of the new ideas work!
We are preparing for another run in November. Watch this space for new pieces!