The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head), and its name is derived from the flower's shape and image, which is often used to depict the sun. The plant has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The heads consist of many individual flowers which mature into seeds, often in the hundreds, on a receptacle base. From the Americas, sunflower seeds were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient. Leaves of the sunflower can be used as cattle feed, while the stems contain a fiber which may be used in paper production.
Born and raised in Russia, I got my Ph.D. degree in biology at St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and continued my research work at the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1999, I moved to the United States to pursue my neuroscience research at the UT Southwestern Medical Center located in Dallas, TX.
Being a scientist is rewarding in so many ways, including creativity but I still feel a compelling need to further express myself by taking an artistic journey.
Several years ago, I started to study photography. The powerful potential digital photography offers has encouraged me to explore different styles and mediums.
My artistic experimentation has evolved into a tremendously exciting form – digital art, mixed media collage and...
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