A New Blog Series: Nuclear Power, Radiation and Toxic Mining

June 26, 2019 Uncategorized 0

Bryce Canyon- Pen and Ink on paper-30” X 22” No First Nuclear Strike! Entering the arena of nuclear power discussions is like walking into an amphitheater deeply flooded with doubt, controversy, contradictions and alarm.  Up to our necks now in emergencies, the two most concerning problems I feel we now face as a civilization are man-made global warming and man-made unleashing of atomic energy by which we can we can mistakenly destroy all life on the planet through nuclear war. As an artist, I have... Read more

Our National Parks

August 6, 2017 art, Environment 0

                                                                                                               While taking some quiet time this past June to experience Zion and Bryce National Parks in Utah, I was able to experience some much needed inner strength, peace... Read more

Seeds of Change

March 9, 2017 art 7

“Seeds of Change” During the pre-election days this fall I worked on this 8’ x 10” oil painting which I titled “Seeds of Change”. The art piece was initially intended to be a happy, bright painting of beautiful apple blossoms. However as talk of bitterness, fear and hatred reverberated everywhere, my painting of these beautiful flowers became grayer and duller until ultimately the blossoms became almost entirely grey. Needless to say the words of hate and divisiveness that were being bantered about negatively affected me. I... Read more

Timeless Wisdom

November 15, 2016 Uncategorized 7

This painting results from a powerful experience I had three weeks ago when I sat quietly in the midst of some of the oldest geology on our planet. While staring at dramatic 165 million-year-old Jurassic-aged cliffs at Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu, New Mexico, I kept being drawn to a hollowed-out section that seemed to contain a sculpted figure. I felt that the figure, so very ancient and timeless, emanated strength, patience, and wisdom–especially since it had endured and survived countless environmental changes and planetary happenings.  ... Read more

Fukushima Daiichi Radiation: THIS LAND IS NO-MAN’S LAND

June 21, 2016 art, Nuclear 3

“THIS LAND IS NO-MAN’S LAND”     Acrylic painting 24″ x 24″ on canvas by Mary Lou Dauray My painting, “This Land is No-Man’s Land”, depicts a segment of destroyed and abandoned land in the Japanese Fukushima Prefecture. The earth and people there sadly suffered the devastating effects of three destructive forces in March of 2011: a 9-point earthquake; a tsunami wave that some speculate reached as high as 130 feet; and a down pouring of nuclear radiation fallout following massive explosions and melt-downs... Read more


May 1, 2016 Nuclear 4

“Nuclear Bulls Eye”  Acrylic Painting 24″ x 24″ by Mary Lou Dauray What happens when you have a target or a goal, think you have scored a bull’s eye, but in fact you have missed the mark? That thought occurred to me as I painted my latest in a series on the fallibility of nuclear energy. The artwork “Nuclear Bulls Eye” pictures a target but is in reality a nuclear reactor with some radioactive rods in the center. The otherworldly glow that I attempted to replicate... Read more


April 7, 2016 Uncategorized 4

The Rods of Nuclear–They Melted!  24″ x 24″ Acrylic on Canvas by Mary Lou Dauray This artwork illustrates radioactive rods immersed in water inside a nuclear reactor.  The painting is part of my series relating to nuclear energy and especially to the alarming radioactive situation at the Fukushima Daiichi triple nuclear meltdowns in Japan. This disaster is the worst industrial accident ever, according to Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds.org.   In Fukushima the radioactive nuclear rods have apparently melted through their containers and quite likely have reached... Read more


March 11, 2016 Uncategorized 4

A CRY FOR FUKUSHIMA  Acrylic 24″ x 24″ by Mary Lou Dauray I have asked myself what can I do, as an artist, about the worst industrial calamity in human history * —the triple meltdown of theFukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants.  I am overwhelmed by the unprecedented scope of this disaster.  I become paralyzed by the information that is now coming forth—five years after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami-caused destruction. When I decided about 15 years ago to begin making art about events in the world that concerned... Read more


February 23, 2016 Uncategorized 2

“The Little Black Bird”  Acrylic  24″ x 24″  by Mary Lou Dauray This is the fourth blog in my series of artwork about nuclear energy.  My painting depicts only one of 30 million plastic storage bags stuffed with radioactive waste in the Fukushima area in Japan.  These bags are part of a seemingly futile effort to clean up contaminated soil in the area. According to Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education Organization and who has more than 40 years of nuclear power engineering experience these... Read more


February 11, 2016 Uncategorized 1

          “Person/Robot?”  24″ x  24″ acrylic on canvas   by Mary Lou Dauray The third painting in my art series about the dangers of nuclear energy took a direction of its own as the work developed.  I started the 24” x 24” canvas by creating an image of a plastic storage bag filled with radioactive waste from the Fukushima meltdown.    However, as I continued to work, a person/robot emerged from the shadows.  I felt it was a direct reference to the many workers who... Read more