|Morganite hexagonal prisms on matrix|
|Pseudomorphous after a shell|
|Radiating rubellite prisms|
My mineral research has taken over for the time being. Not that I am being obsessive; it just looks that way. Apart from aesthetic considerations, which for any artist is most important, there is also the quest for understanding and accuracy. If something can be seen; it's worth noting it down. The gem series is about looking, being as faithful as I can to the idiosyncrasies of their natural formations. Bit like portraiture I suppose. These three specimens are from the mineral room in the Natural History Museum, London. I hope I have done them justice, and that they could recognise themselves.