Since I’ve chosen to use this as my gravatar (after seeing another of Esther’s circuitry images as her own, and having her permission to use the painting at my website and, most importantly, on my book cover), I thought I’d introduce her work to anyone reading here. An intrepid computer programmer/designer by day, she continues to practice the visual arts as she has since I knew her as a talented student in St. Petersburg, Florida, at Eckerd College, back in the eighties. (God, Esther, how did so much time pass already?) This painting is part of a series of works she did exploring the similarities (and differences) between biological lifeforms (like this leaf) and computer circuitry (the beginnings of artificial life?). Which, for me at least, brings up all sorts of ideas about the nature of consciousness (and the consciousness of nature). Check out her gallery at her blog, which you can find in my left sidebar.
Rights to the work, of course, remain with the artist.