Sunday, November 15, 2009

A few years ago I had a stream of painting jobs where I'd go into children's hospitals and paint their new CT scanners to make them less ominous to the patients. It was a fun series of gigs, my first job was painting two scanners for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. It was a little intimidating at first, since these are obviously very expensive machines and they would make internal clicking and whirring sounds every so often.

This machine is a combo CT and PET scanner located at Children's Hospital of Dallas. I ended up painting three scanners for them over an 18 month period. I painted this one in two days. It was a very long weekend but having my ipod helped a lot. Here's the sequence:

The blank plastic "canvas".

This may look like a quick and simple coat of blue green but it took hours! I had to be very careful around all the buttons and laser openings inside the tube.

Fish detail.

Done deal on Sunday afternoon, I catch a plane back to San Francisco the following morning. Sponge Bob watch out!


  1. I love these! You rock. Put up the beautiful one with the birds!

  2. Bex~
    I need to scan the other photos of the bird CTs, they were done before I had a digital camera....soon, I promise!

  3. Denny, what a transformation! A wonderful way to help others through art. Way to go...

  4. Andrew~
    Thanks, it was rewarding on many levels. In these hospitals you really get a sense that everyone is dedicated to the well being of the kids.

    By the way, is that your artwork hanging in the new Italian restaurant in Manor? I saw it from the outside, sure looked like your style of work!

  5. What a wonderful way to make a frightening medical machine more approachable. Here's a perfect example how "Art Saves Lives" and can be appreciated by everyone.

  6. I love this! It's such a great idea. And it's so much happier now.