May 2012

Living through art and science

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  1. 1. Kresge, N. et al. J. Biol. Chem. 282, e12 (2007). 

Raj_MukhopadhyayRajendrani Mukhopadhyay (rmukhopadhyay@asbmb.org) is the senior science writer for ASBMB Today and the technical editor for the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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I had the great privilege of a personal tour of Robert's studio and home about 5 years ago while visiting Palo Alto. I was very impressed with the level of dedication he shows in all of his artistic endeavors. Hundreds of wonderful necklaces line the hallway. The shear volume of work is impressive by itself. His painting studio is one to be envied by any artist frustrated with a lack of production space. The visual energy he creates is all about the place as many canvases hang on the walls in view, while others lie about on the floor in mid production. Paint is literally everywhere. His growth as an artist can be traced through the many paintings and each new one seems to be more impressive than the one before. As an artist myself I understand the the creative "carrot on a stick" that his process and artistic journey represents. It boils down to "If you think that one was good, wait till you get a look at my next one". Proud nephew, Matt Bazemore

 

I have been a close friend, and colleague, of Bob Schimke for many years. He is an exceptionally dedicated individual, whatever he does. I have enjoyed our frequent visits together, in recent years. I greatly enjoyed reading this article in ASBMB Today. Schimke is a wonderful person, it has been wonderful knowing him and interacting with him. Charles Yanofsky

 

Life without appreciation of at least some forms of art, be it literature, music, painting, sculpture or others, is not worth living. A person who can be creative in both science and art is doubly blessed. We hope that Prof. Schimke will go on shining in his present creative phase for a long time to come and will produce many more of those beautiful paintings for us to admire. I especially liked his 'Four Seasons' and 'Orange Red'.

 

It is wonderful to see such an inspiring article about a great scientist who has contributed so much to the biological sciences and to learn that, despite adversity, he has a second career as an artist. Keep it up Bob! All the best Dick Hanson

 

My undergrad Bio mentor, the late J. Fred (Paulo) Dice, did his PhD work with Schimke at Stanford, and I thus have a lineage connection with Bob, although I never met him. However, I read many of his papers, and I still have in my file cabinet a classic paper of his on measuring protein turnover and calculating the fractional catabolic rate and half-life. I am pleased to hear about his life after Science, and his artwork. I particularly liked his painting "Genetics". Jonathan D. Smith, Cleveland Clinic

 

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