Felix Bronner: biologist and painter

A professor emeritus known for his work with calcium takes time to execute nearly 1,000 paintings

Anne Harding
Atop the broad doorway of Felix Bronner's painting studio are three commands written on crisp white cards in thick black marker: "search," "investigate," and "stay with it." These are words for a scientist to live by, especially one who, like Bronner, has made significant contributions to his field. But for Bronner, those words are about art, not science. Bronner, 85, is a professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut whose distinguished career investigating calcium homeostasis, transport and metabolism continues today. He is co-editing the third in a five-volume series, Topics in Bone Biology, published by Springer, UK. And he is an accomplished artist working in oils with nearly 1,000 paintings to his credit.Bronner first picked up a brush in the late 1970s, taking classes at the local high school, then the West Hartford Art League, eventually moving on to private lessons. He's more than a recreational painter --...

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