“Experiments with Bovine”
Mason McCulloch
Blue Ribbon Award

Artist Statement:
This 9” x 12” oil based painting was a random act of salt and turpentine added to paint. Final effects looked like dripped blood droplets randomly sprayed throughout the canvas.


“Trial and Error”
Cara Vetrano
Red Ribbon Award

Artist Statement:
Trial and Error is an abstract painting on 11" x 14" canvas. Watercolor and acrylic paints were used in its creation. Vinegar and rubbing alcohol were drizzled on top to create a chemical reaction in the paint, representing the research done with bovine blood. The maroon area was covered in vinegar for a crackling, thinning effect. Rubbing alcohol was dripped onto the white paint, also for a thinning reaction. Salt was sprinkled onto blue and red areas. Trial and Error was finished with a Gloss-Lustre top coat.


“The Path of Bovine”
Mason McCulloch
White Ribbon Award

Artist Statement:
My first painting is created on a 16" x 20" canvas and is titled The Path of Bovine. I used acrylic and tempera paints. The technique I used was splashing, spraying and stroking in multiple layers. The first layer I painted red and then I splashed alcohol on it and this made the paint seem to dissolve or disappear. The next layer I added white to the red and then diluted it with vinegar which flowed without having to use a brush. Layer three I started to add different colors and things like alcohol and vinegar mixed together. I then added blue and white to the red paint. The alcohol and vinegar made the paint flow more easily from the brush. I then sprayed vinegar and alcohol and then turned the canvas in different directions to mix the paint together. This created more flow in the painting. The final layer I used a lot of colors and poured it on in different directions in lines and curves. I painted this to show resists and effects they could represent on blood.


“The Resistance”
Thomas Limpert
Honorable Mention Award

Artist Statement:
The Resistance is an 11"x14" abstract painting that used two types of paint. These were watercolors and acylic. Plastic wrap was also used to give texture to the background. Alcohol, vinegar and turpentine were additives to make resists. These chemicals caused a reaction and created new textures. After letting the paint dry, I finished it off with a gloss-luster. The chemical reaction in this painting represents the bovine testing using a Jackson Pollock style.

John Marshall High School
Cleveland, OH

Instructor: Beth Spann
Science Intern: Mohammad Hamad
Science Intern Research Project:

Effects of Anti-coagulants on the Viscosity of Bovine Blood
Click on the research project title above to learn
about the science that inspired the art below.