About the Element
Radium (Ra 88) is an extremely radioactive earth metal found in trace
amounts in uranium ore. It has a half-life of 1602 years and decays
into radon gas. Radium glows a light blue luminescent color and burns a
bright red crimson. It was discovered by Marie Curie in 1898.
About the Print
There were some obvious
images associated with Radium that I could have gone with (luminescent
dials and clock hands, or Marie Curie) but I was amazed to find that
Radium was once used in toothpaste and hundreds of other consumer
The colors were first laid down by monoprinting on plexiglass, the
carved linoleum key block printed last in black. The monoprinting
aspect of this print went through many incarnations until I came up
with color combinations that I liked.
About the Printmaker
I live and work on
the Big Island of Hawaii. Although I have a degree in art, I own and
manage a store so have little time for my own art. Retail displays are
my current art form. I love linoleum block printing and I was delighted
to have an excuse to make myself get back to doing what I enjoy.