is no need to be an expert in celestial mechanics to marvel at a lunar
eclipse. Few can look at a space telescope images with hundreds of
galaxies without a passing though about our place in the universe.
Indeed, astronomy enjoys an immediate visual accessibility and appeal
that most physical sciences do not. I view my role as an artist-scientist
as attempting to make the mystery and beauty of other aspects of nature
more apparent to non-specialists. My subjects come from what I know
best, those fields where I do research: quantum mechanics, chaos theory,
nanoscale physics and chemical physics.
Science these days generates many beautiful images. But the scientific
illustrations must put science first. My images do not attempt so
much to teach or to convey information as to convey the emotion of
discovery, of knowing nature at her deeper levels. My computer-generated
images are based on science, but the scenes are created rather than
found. My work uses diverse physical phenomena as a medium for painting
scenes that seem somehow familiar. The familiarity banks heavily on
nature's passion for repeating herself. It is key to the emotional
engagement I hope to achieve.