When a water colorist puts a wet
brush to paper, physics rules the result: wetting and fluid flow on
paper, scattering and absorption of light by pigment on fibers, evaporation
and drying hold sway. These physical phenomena mimic other aspects
of the natural world and with experience can be harnessed to wonderful
effect. Similar statements hold for pastels, egg tempera, oils, photographs,
etc. To date, digital painting tools have tried to emulate traditional
media and effects. Digital artists need no longer emulate traditional
media only! The computer allows us to create new media, with new rules,
more naturally suited to the new tool. But such rules are best when
they too follow physical phenomena, instead of arbitrary mathematical
I have learned to paint with electrons moving over a potential landscape,
quantum waves trapped between walls, chaotic dynamics, and with colliding
molecules. Nature often mimics herself, and so these new media, exposing
the beauty and mystery of the atomic world, yield a variety of effects
that recall familiar aspects of our macroscopic experience.
The images are mostly the result of computer code, which I have written,
with output to raw RGB files which I then manipulate in Photoshop.
My prints are EverColor Luminage Direct-Digital Prints produced on
a CSI LightJet 5000 printer using high resolution RGB lasers to expose
RA 4 photographic print materials. The process provides the highest
resolution color output available.