mixed media painting

Entamoeba Histolytica (2008)

After a little haitus from painting, I’m back in the saddle and have decided to extend my collection of Human Pathogens.
Entamoeba Histolytica is a unicellular organism which causes Amoebic Dysentry. I’ve painted three of them here, all in the excystation phase, where cells with multiple nuclei split apart and rapidly infect the host.
From wikipedia:

Symptoms can include fulminating dysentery, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, and abdominal pain. The amoeba can actually ‘bore’ into the intestinal wall, causing lesions and intestinal symptoms, and it may reach the blood stream. From there, it can reach different vital organs of the human body, usually the liver, but sometimes the lungs, brain, spleen, etc. A common outcome of this invasion of tissues is a liver abscess, which can be fatal if untreated.

Acrtylic and mixed media on canvas 600mm x 600mm

No timelapse film this time, my tripod was out on loan.