Oil paintings by Marsha Heimbecker, inspired by the orphaned elephants of Tsavo, will be on display at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park through October.
The artist's paintings are known for their bold brushwork and color.
The gallery is located in the historic Allied Arts complex at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A reception for the artist will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the gallery.
Originally a bio-engineer with degrees from UC Berkeley and MIT, she underwent a heart transplant in 2001. She had always shown an aptitude for art in addition to science, and after her surgery, she found art to be "very helpful in the healing process."
Ms. Heimbecker, a resident of San Mateo, credits many years of classical training in life drawing, portraiture, and anatomy for her distinctive style.