Marie is widely acclaimed for her work on what must be the ultimate mushroom artist's canvas: the "Artist's Conk" mushroom (Ganoderma applanatum). This fungus—a woody, shelf-like perennial mushroom—has a moist white coating on the undersurface during summer. Artists have long used tools to etch designs into that surface.
Marie's specialized approach to "Ganoderma Art," however, is a bit more sophisticated. After each specimen has been carefully dried, Marie applies a woodburner (this is called pyrography) and, on some pieces, pastel pencils. Each of Marie's Ganoderma Artworks is truly unique; many of her masterpieces are in the collections of the numerous professional mycologists who are fans of her work.


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Last updated 01 December 2013