Artwork ©2001 Alan Campbell Studios
 COSTA RICA BEAUTY: Campbell's work includes images like this Costa Rican banana tree.

Alan Campbell's studio in a second-story loft overlooking downtown Athens, Ga., has the unmistakable stamp of a painter. Daylight streams through large windows; brushes, paints, and tools sit in assorted cans and mugs; canvasses and prints stand on easels, lean against walls, and lie flat on tables.

The University of Georgia's (UGA) north campus quad, home to the humanities and arts, is just across Broad Street, but a quick perusal of Campbell's work shows he would probably be just as comfortable amidst the bioscience departments on south campus. Adélie penguins, relaxing on Antarctic ice, look longingly toward a deep cobalt sea; palmettos and marsh grass dot a barrier island landscape; pastel toucans perch on a Costa Rican tree.

Campbell captures nature in paint, and he loves rubbing shoulders with scientists as...

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