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Amazon Voyage 2009

I spent a couple of weeks on the Amazon River this March with friends and family and had a blast as usual. It was my fourth trip to Brazil and each visit is always magical and always transformative.
To get you in the mood why not watch my animated Candiru song on youtube at

It’s a lovely homage to the Amazon’s most feared fish! Animation was done by Aubrey Mintz for the Miami Science Museum’s Amazon Voyage exhibit.There were 24 of us in all, along with a crew of seven aboard the magnificent riverboat Dorinha. We spent two weeks in March of 2009 exploring the Solimoes and Rio Negro Rivers, part of the vast network of rivers known as the Amazon. Our captain was Moacir Fortes and this was my fourth trip with the legendary “Mo”. It was also my fourth river journey with paleobotanist Kirk Johnson our trip organizer. As always Kirk had assembled a wide array of adventurers: scientists, artists, photographers, pilots, UPS-raconteurs, shop-keepers, marketing experts, musicians, and one ventriloquist.


Here’s the slide show from the trip!

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“Amazon Voyage” Exhibit

Early in 2005 I produced seven new linoleum block prints based on the “Seven Perils of the Amazon” for the “Amazon Voyage” exhibit. The exhibit is loosely organized around the perils, so these were key design elements. I found the seven “Plagues” to be tremendously inspiring, especially the notorious little catfish called the Candirú (so much so that I even wrote a little song about it). The prints are hand colored with watercolors.

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Amazon Voyage Exhibit on the Road

I worked as the art director for this major traveling museum exhibit organized and designed by the fine folks at the Miami Museum of Science and funded by the National Science Foundation. I’m responsible for most of the art throughout the show and many of the photographs. The Miami Museum of Science webpage for the exhibit is online at

The show schedule looks like this:
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh through January 7, 2007.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry ( OMSI). Feb. 3 through May 1, 2007.

Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia , June 1 until Sep. 9, 2007.

Durham Western Heritage Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. June 2 through August 31, 2008.