The idea of outer space has long held my imagination and was the first area of science I can remember being passionate about. In my childhood I dreamed of being an astronaut and I would readily absorb any information relating to astrophysics from non-fiction and fiction sources. My interest drew me into studying physics through higher education and to my undergraduate degree. My earliest oil paintings focused on planets and astrophysical phenomena and I continue to create space-themed paintings to present.
In the summer of 2017 I discovered Google’s ‘Earth View’, a collection of 1500 satellite photographs published in 2015. Landscape images showing a stark transition between physical features particularly intrigued me, with unique perspectives of mountain ranges, deserts, ocean islands and reefs. This inspired my ‘Satellite Earth’ series of acrylic paintings, where my focus is on using texture and colour integrated with metallic highlights to present an abstract take on our Earth’s geography.