Cover Art Gallery

March 2023
Figurehead afloat off 90 Mile Beach 2014
Rodney Forbes

From my 2014 exhibition ‘The Lost White Woman of Gippsland’, this painting looks at the trumped-up settlement-era myth of a white woman in captivity with the Gunai-Kurnai tribe of Southern Australia. The story was used as a pretext for punitive massacres of the Aboriginals. This figurehead was a key part of the story, as the Gunai-Kurnai surrendered a ship’s figurehead that was in their possession, in an attempt to placate their white accusers. Courtesy of the artist and Glenn Green Galleries, Santa Fe.

January 2023
Autumn - Mei Leitsch
“Autumn” is one the first pieces I completed and is a part of a polyptych of four paintings inspired by the Midwest seasons. The polyptych is meant to embody the beauty of the Midwest and my own experience hiking in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Iowa. Contact: Instagram @MeisCreativeSpace and via email [email protected]

Ferbruary 2023
Four Bar Basket Weave Inlay Cuff
Ben Nighthorse

Approaching his 90th year, Northern Cheyenne artist Ben Nighthorse has been creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind, award-winning jewelry since 1945. His life’s journey has included political, personal, and artistic pursuits, where he has broken barriers and opened doors for greater understanding. Explore more of his work, found exclusively at

December 2022
The Leaves are Telling Secrets to the Wind - Doshi
Doshi aspires to “coax the festivity out of the ordinary.” Internationally renowned for textile dyeing, artwork, and wearable art, she combines an exploration of shaped resist dyeing and botanical printing with a striking color palette to create work that pulsates with energy.
November 2022
Diaspora in Cochineal - Maestro Porfirio Gutierrez
There are real reasons for the need to migrate. In many cases this is done by a greater force such as poverty, war, and displacement of land through inflated real estate prices or to simply ensure one’s survival, similar to the life of a monarch butterfly. These stories of diaspora are shared with many others who have lived experiences of migration, including Maestro Porfirio Gutierrez, and are embodied in this piece.

October 2022
At The Heart of It - Chin Yuen
I am a maximalist abstract painter, who paints with playful and colorful abundance. As I negotiate the uncertainties of life, painting is a constant that excites me and propels me to be fearless and focused. It allows me to flex my inventive muscles and find spiritual elevation through the process.
September 2022
Treasure Mounds - Brenda Kingery
“Treasure Mounds” is a reference to a trip to the Chickasaw Nation homelands in Tupelo, Mississippi, to visit the historical sites where my ancestors are buried. I saw my grandfather’s monument from the 1730's as well as where he lived, negotiated treaties and his time as a General in George Washington's military. The painting is about the treasure of memories; both good and tragic. . Contact: Brenda Kingery at

August 2022
Hierarchical Clustering - Gurmannat Kalra
Hierarchical clustering is an unsupervised clustering algorithm that builds tree structures from data similarities. It is widely used to cluster genomic data to identify similarities in gene expression. In this painting, trees that are similar in trunk color patterns are in the same cluster. Contact: Gurmannat Kalra at [email protected].
July 2022
Magical Mountains - Dominique Boisjoli
This painting was inspired by a trip to Santa Cruz Lake north of Santa Fe, NM, which left a vivid and inspirational image in the artist's mind. Boisjoli is known for her abstract impressionist interpretations. Her work and others can be seen in her gallery, Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art in Santa Fe and online:

June 2022
Sunflower Horizon - Ed Moran
Sunflower Horizon was shot on a late August afternoon at the Coppal House Farm in Lee, New Hampshire. It’s a popular farm that holds a Sunflower Festival every summer during peak bloom dates. The sunflowers tower over most people and the rows of bright yellow and black flowers and green stems offer endless possibilities for anyone with a camera of any kind. Just watch out for the bees! More of the photographer's work can be seen at
May 2022
City Lights - Carol Retsch-Bogart
I love the complex interplay of color, pattern and shape. The ancient art of encaustic wax allows for depth by building many layers. The surface may hold vivid design and texture, but the translucent quality of beeswax allows layers to be partially hidden adding mystery. More of the artist's work can be seen at

April 2022
January Celebration - Betty Haskin
Created for my postcard/mail-art group, this is what my artist son calls “serious play” - open studio time & pure inspiration. The spark: my collection of Lotka papers from Nepal. Brilliant colors and a scattering of hand-cut squares feel light-hearted and celebratory after a long season of isolation.
March 2022 - Supplement
2022 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting 22 March 2022 - 26 March 2022

March 2022
Seascape - DeDe Richardson
DeDe Richardson is a ceramic artist living in Chapel Hill, NC. She is driven by texture and movement and loves making pieces that are not only beautiful to look at, but are irresistible to pick up and touch. Here is a close up of a vase she created. More of her work can be seen at
February 2022
Maelstrom - Melinda Fine
“Maelstrom” depicts the clutter of information that sweeps across our consciousness every day. How do you find the jacks among the debris? How does one discern the signal from the noise? More of the artist's work can be seen at:

January 2022
Red Hot Blues - Lollette Guthrie
“Red Hot Blues” by Lollette Guthrie is an abstracted depiction in pastels of my memory of being on the shore of a lake one crisp, sunny and windy October day. I was struck by the beauty of the brilliant reds against the clear blue sky and water. For more of the artist's works:
December 2021
Daffodils - Jamie Hagenberger
Photograms are a camera-less photographic technique related to the sunprints of the early 1800s. Jamie creates her images in her darkroom, working by feel, in the total darkness. No cameras, negatives, or digital processes are used. Each image is unique. More of the artist’s work can be seen at:
November 2021
After All - Katelyn Grant
After All is a piece created in light of the year just been, where a fire can be taken literally or metaphysically, where everything feels up in the air and destructive. I wanted to create a painting that was static and silent to cover the noise of chaos, in hopes of seeing the dust settle after. More of the artist’s work can be seen at or on Instagram: @baxii_bermuda

October 2021
Cosmic Event - Nancy Marple “Cosmic Event” is a multimedia painting (acrylic glazes, natural ground pigments, torn maps and other specialty papers) that responds to the world around us. The elements represent the brokenness and turmoil that surround us and are therefore presented in a somewhat chaotic format. This theme has never ceased to be explosive. More of the artist’s work can be seen at Contact: [email protected]
September 2021
Swirling Space - Linda Passman
My work is about the energy I bring to the painting, the watercolor medium which has a life of its own and the suggestion of accident which always happens as I create my work. Swirling Space suggests inner space to me, perhaps under the surface of water or within an imaginative space. The viewer should read it in a personal unrestrained way! More details about the artist and her work can be found here:

August 2021
Bittersweet Equinox - Shelly Hehenberger This piece was created last autumn when the leaves on the oak trees were turning a rich russet brown. It was a wet fall and the leaf hues were unusually deep as they fell in thick layers. The palette and textures of the seasons are always a catalyst for my work.
July 2021
COVID Chaos - Anita Wolfenden
When it became clear early last year that we all needed face protection, I joined a group of mask makers. We made almost a thousand masks and I saved all the leftover threads. Mounted on fabric these remnants became a planet lost in space, or an image of the virus itself. More details about the artist can be found at

June 2021
A Kaleidoscope of my dreams - Irina Ushakova
The use of simple rectangular and square shapes to form an abstract and intricate design mimics the pictures one can see by looking through a kaleidoscope. This piece is interesting because it engages people to freely imagine different scenes as well as colors, shapes, and textures together.
May 2021
World Peas - Linda Carmel
During the pandemic I started a series on pods - pods as in “peas in a pod” and the pandemic meaning. We are now forced to experience our whole lives near home. Constrained, our “pod” is now our world and we are forced to examine and decide what is important to us.

April 2021
Until When - Adriana Prat
Until When by Adriana Prat “This painting is evocative of a cell or the mind and their struggle to adapt to external (societal, environmental) pressures to persist, and as reminiscent of an island or our planet while morphing due to the constant humankind-induced exploitation in order to survive.”
March 2021
Sunburnt - Heather Baudet
Sunburnt by Heather Baudet, acrylic on canvas, 14x14”. An abstract interpretation of colors overexposed in the bright luminescence of the sun almost burning the colors into deeper hues during the hot summer. For more information visit

February 2021
Sea Glass - Susan Brubaker Knapp
“Sea Glass” is fiber art by Susan Brubaker Knapp. Susan painted the blue-green-yellow fabric, and then overlaid it with a piece of Lutradur (spun-bond polyester) that she cut in the shapes of smooth sea glass. Then she machine stitched with thread around the
January 2021
Not Yet Out Of The Woods, 2019 - Lana Chu
"Not Yet Out Of The Woods, 2019" by Lana Chu, Vivid blues, greens and violets depict an abstract landscape where the viewer is at the edge of a forest looking out to an open space, not yet out of the woods. Written on the tree trunks are 559 common names of all the plants that are endangered in North Carolina.
December 2020
Pisces - Ann Harwell Pisces (cotton fabric, 19.5″ × 19.5″). One of twelve quilts depicting the constellations and their stories. In Greek mythology, Aphrodite and Eros escaped the sea monster Typhon by transforming into fish, each holding a cord in their mouth to prevent their separation. Pisces is a water sign, with sea-green its color and moonstone its gem. More of the artist’s work can be seen at
November 2020
Pulsus - Alissa van Atta "Pulsus" is a work inspired by patterns and behaviors that repeat themselves in nature. Habits and rituals are reassuring and calming and inherent to humans and “Pulsus” represents that in an extremely simplified form.

October 2020
Golden Flow - Vidabeth Benson “Golden Flow is one of a series I call “Corona Creations.” The recent quarantine has afforded me the luxury of uninterrupted studio time. Golden Flow is one of several abstract compositions exploring the movement of color. All are original, hand-pulled screen prints.” More of the artist’s work can be seen at
September 2020
Water - Michael Blotzer
“I love taking photos of pond and stream water surfaces, focusing often on the shape of the water’s surface instead of the reflection. This results in interesting abstract photos varying wildly based on the time of day, weather conditions, and other factors.” More of the artist’s work can be seen at

August 2020
Carolyn Rhinebarger
Rhinebarger’s paintings are devoted to expressing a sense of calm, an appreciation of natural elements, and the intrigue of exploring layers of color, texture, shape, and pattern. The cover shows a close-up of a work on a wood panel, with three-dimensional textural effects. More of the artist’s work can be seen at
July 2020
Trees Are Oracles - Randy Nutt
from the Memory Possibilities series. “Arising from a randomly chosen drawing (legacy of previous generations engraved on a pad, as blueprint), the painting reveals itself. Here, trees tell stories in code we don’t understand. How to make a tree? Understand our future.” More of the artist’s work can be seen at

June 2020
Sun and Sea Jars - DeDe Richardson
DeDe Richardson’s pottery is driven by texture and movement. She loves making pieces that are not only beautiful to look at but irresistible to touch. The cover shows a close-up of some of the cracked-surface jars she creates. More of the artist’s work can be seen at
May 2020
Paris.Aegina - Betty Haskin
“I often collect travel ephemera to use when I return to my studio. This collage was created while traveling; it’s composed of found and collected papers from Paris and Greece. I am interested in found text; here, bits of Arabic, Greek, and English.” More of the artist’s work can be seen on Instagram (@bettmakesart) and at

April 2020
Entropy I - Katelyn Grant
“The piece Entropy I is the display of an abstracted garden. Sense of order is abandoned to allow for the might of nature’s size and beauty, becoming another world in the process. More of the artist’s work can be seen on Instagram: @baxii_bermuda or email: [email protected].”
March 2020
Celsiana’s Emergence - Barbara Tyroler
In her new yellow and orange bathing suit, 8-year-old neighbor Celsianna Rose tumbled in and out of a submerged metallic water tunnel as her father and I positioned electronic lights from the sides of the swimming pool, creating reflections beneath, above, and upon the surface.” More of the artist’s work can be seen at

February 2020
Of maps, cells and islands - Adriana G. Prat
Adriana confronts painting like meditation; only the physicality of the painting materials and sentiment experienced within an instant in time-space command her art making process. This painting from her “Of maps, cells and islands” Series results from her subtle commentary about climate crisis. See more of her work
January 2020
Choose Your Story - Melanie See
"Choose Your Story” is 24 x 24” acrylic painting on gallery-wrapped cotton canvas. More of Melanie See’s work can be seen at; type “Melanie See” into the search bar.
December 2019
Lynne's Loom - Lynne Hocking
I design and create handwoven textiles that take inspiration from data, encoding information within them. There are currently two main sources of inspiration for my work: genetics, where the pieces created are informed by DNA sequences and intergenerational connections; and sounds. Contract encodes the DNA sequence for the MHY6 gene.” More of the artist’s work can be seen at and on Instagram (@lynnesloom)
November 2019
Blister in the sun - Scott Myers
I paint this way when I want to move the brush organically and non-directed. I soak the canvas with water and randomly apply paint. It flows and moves and bleeds as it wants. Sometimes I tilt the canvas to help it along. I draw little squigglies on top. It’s pretty easy. Pretty Fun. [email protected]

October 2019
Fallen Leaves - Kelly Bodie
A monotype is temporary – and that is both alluring and limiting. Fallen Leaves was especially temporary because this collection of leaves could be blown throughout my carport at any moment. In this fragile space, I pushed the natural forms into abstraction, letting textures lead the way. Web: Instagram: @kellybodieart
September 2019
Oxy - Alissa van Atta
“Oxy” by Alissa van Atta is a continuation of work that is centered upon the idea thst being different is more attractive than blending into the background. It celebrates that being perfect is unrealistic and highlights the imperfections that make the piece beautiful, especially true in gloss where every flaw is visible.
Alissa Van Atta
106 Tharrington Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

August 2019
#17 - Acrylic on Panel - Irina Ushakova
To create the picture titled “# 17” I used the so-called pouring paints technic. What fascinates me in this technique is unpredictability of the result. You don’t need brushes, you don’t use knives; all you need are cups with acrylic paint, a board or canvas, some creativity and a bit of luck. When my paints are pouring and mixing on the board as I tilt it, I sometimes imagine that I am a gold miner with the board in place of a pan. I gently tilt the board with the hope to see some gold. When working on # 17, I did not pan any gold, however I have no regrets, because what I found is the most beautiful malachite gemstone on earth.
105 Adrians Pl Chapel Hill NC 27514
July 2019
Grand Jete - Catherine Vosecky
My work is intuitive, imaginative and reflects the reverence and excitement I have for the natural world.
4503 Environ Way,
Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

June 2019
Sizzle and Soak - Trudy Thompson
I am drawn to the rhythms found in nature, its random patterns: repetitive, sequential, or undulating. My tapestry explores cross-currents of color, pulsing of fibers, and shifts in hue. Contact me to view it at the personal gallery at my residence in Chapel Hill. See my website at
May 2019
The Goose in the Garden - Kaidy Lewis
A goose will hiss and chase you...highly territorial. This painting reminds us it is important to communicate warnings to maintain health and beauty. Kaidy Lewis is a contemporary and expressive artist. Her paintings are a shared joy, layers with reference and oxymorons.

April 2019
Blown Away - Marcy Lansman
I started painting late in life and find it the most satisfying work I’ve ever done. I love the time I spend, usually very early in the morning, totally immersed in the struggle to create. You can see my work at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in Hillsborough, NC. My website is
March 2019
Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 36” - Ruth Ananda
BFA Imaginary environments populated with birds evoke perceptions of nature’s interconnected complexity and beauty. Beguiling semi-abstract impressions are painted using sgraffito and impasto techniques to build rich texture. For more visit:

February 2019
The Way of the Cross - Nancy Smith
Inspiration for this piece came from studying nautical charts while sailing with my husband along the coast of North Carolina. I was fascinated by the lines, shapes and symbols of the charts. I added found objects of feathers and shells collected on the trip. See more of Nancy’s watermedia collage paintings at
January 2019
Waves - Karen Sosa
oil on canvas, 2018
Karen Sosa draws inspiration from her childhood on Martha’s Vineyard. The ferry ride between the island and Cape Cod is an integral part of island life. “Waves” evokes countless memories of watching the ocean during these journeys. Karen currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC.
December 2018
Jim Evans will retire as Editor-in-Chief of Genetics in Medicine December 31st having been in that role since 2006. We thank Jim for all that he has done for the journal, ACMG and the profession of medical genetics. Jim’s contributions have been both wide and deep and he will be greatly missed.
November 2018
Surface Tension - Linda Carmel
On the surface this painting shows beads of a liquid resting on a solid surface. Yet perhaps the bubbles are moving through three dimensional space carrying some valuable cargo from one place and time to another. Some things float and some things sink to the bottom. This image shows matter on a journey, moving, changing, sometimes coming to rest. You can find more of her work at

October 2018
This cover reflects the development of medical genetics in the Asia Pacific region, the focus of the review in this month’s issue by MK Theong et al. and a reminder that medical genetics is global in its reach and its potential to help patients and populations.
September 2018
This art was created to represent the complexity that underlies understanding clinical genetic tests results in the world of next-generation sequencing. The colorful collage of various sequencing data, evidence codes, and classification terminology symbolizes the effort to establish guidelines that aid the process of sequence variant interpretation.

August 2018
This art was created to represent the increasing role of genetics in perinatal care. The outline of the pregnant woman and strands of DNA symbolize the continued exploration of prenatal whole exome sequencing used clinically.
July 2018
This art was created to represent chromosomal rearrangements previously unknown among participants in the 1000 Genomes Project. The various brightly colored chromosomes overlapping and taking on hues of adjacent chromosomes symbolize the structural variations resulting from these arrangements.

June 2018
Familial Hypercholesterolemia - Rachel Howard
This cover was created to represent the significance of genetics research in understanding and diagnosing familial hypercholesterolemia. I drew a heart to symbolize the cardiovascular risk associated with hypercholesterolemia, and the various outlines of family units represent the inherited component of this disease.
May 2018
This cover was created to symbolize how advances in genetics have influenced pregnancy and prenatal screening worldwide. The strands of DNA fragments originating from the silhouette of the pregnant woman and scattered throughout the image represent free fetal DNA in maternal blood. These fragments can be analyzed via noninvasive prenatal screening. The images of Australia and the Netherlands reflect the international nature of the work and…

April 2018
This cover was created to represent the vast diversity of mitochondrial DNA. A variety of colors, shapes, and sizes were used to symbolize the complexity and variance observed within mitochondrial genetics. Although genetics testing can aid clinicians and researchers, this diversity can lead to challenges in diagnosing mitochondrial syndromes.
March 2018
This cover was created to represent the challenges of variant classification and reclassification in genetics. I drew an individual in deep thought to represent the caution researchers are encouraged to use when interpreting results; it is suggested scientists use the “uncertain until proven guilty” approach.

February 2018
Ethnic Diversity in Genomic Research
This cover was created to represent the significance of ethnic diversity in genomic research. I used a variety of colors, shapes, silhouettes, and geographical components to represent the beauty of diversity and importance of inclusion in biomedical research.
January 2018
Genetics in Public Health
This cover was created to represent the role of genetics in public health. The variety of colors, shapes, and lines embody the diverse population public health strives to serve. The unity of the globe, DNA strand, and silhouettes are a visual representation of the complex, multifaceted relationship between genetics, medicine, research, and public health.