Why did you pick this picture?
This is the first painting I made in my series of surreal paintings titled “Parallax”, and it really helped me figure out the direction I wanted to go with my art. It is still one of my favorite paintings I’ve made.
Where did the idea for this art come from?
Space and the ocean continually inspire me with their beauty and mystery.
I also wanted to juxtapose images of the earth and outer space and show the similarities between two seemingly very different parts of the universe.
What does this art mean to you?
This painting, titled “The Unexplored”, draws a parallel between the depths of the ocean and deep space, two places about which we know very little. With this painting, I wanted to show the beauty in the unknown as well as prompt people to reflect on our place in the broader universe.
What can you tell us about yourself?
I am both a biologist and an artist, and working as a scientist in a lab gives me an unusual perspective. My interest in science, particularly in the fields of biology and astronomy, hugely influences what I paint. Science is a way for me to better understand the universe around me, and I want to share the beauty I see in that universe via my paintings.
What more can you tell us about your art?
I mostly paint with oils and sometimes acrylic.
In addition to science, I am fascinated by surrealism, and surreal themes show up in many of my paintings. In much of my art I try to subtly juxtaposes two very different scenes without doing so in a jarring way. My hope is to make people stop and take a second look.
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