By Dr. Danute E. Nitecki

I was born in Lithuania. My family fled the Soviet occupation at the end of the Second World War and spent the next six years as Displaced Persons in Austria and Germany. In 1950, we immigrated to Chicago, IL, where I attended the University of Chicago, ultimately receiving a Ph D in chemistry in 1961. I worked for 20 years in the UCSF Medical School, doing research in immunochemistry. In 1982, I left UCSF to work for pharmaceutical research in a Bay Area biotechnology firm. I have over hundred scientific publications and forty patents and have contributed multiple chapters in several scientific research books.

I started drawing and painting, for my own amusement, in 1987. Since then, my work has been shown in a number of juried art exhibitions and, to my surprise, has won some awards and ribbons. One of my botanical paintings of Heracleum lanthanum (22x26) was selected for the bi-annual California Species exhibition in Oakland Museum.

I contributed to a book on unusual backgrounds in Color Pencil Explorations (North Light, publ.; J. Gildow, ed., 2002). My contribution describes a somewhat novel use of colored pencil images, painted on watercolor background and on sheets of polyester vellum.