With this painting I wanted to explore the relationship between Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Number in nature and our connection to the cosmos. By superimposing a spiral galaxy over the center of a sunflower I hope to evoke a connection between the two in the mathematical relationships that govern the growth of both.
After returning from the Art Show at the American Atheists Convention in Austin TX, I decided to split my painting, alternating between astronomical art and portraits of scientists and science educators. This culminated in my acceptance into The International Association of Astronomical Artists. The IAAA was founded in the 1980’s to promote space and astronomical art with attention to realism and accuracy. To be part of this group of elite artists has been a lifelong goal and I am very honored to have been accepted.
Ever since I was a little child I was haunted by the story of Apollo 1. On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck the Apollo program when a flash fire occurred in the command module during a launch pad test of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicle. Three astronauts, Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, a veteran of Mercury and Gemini missions; Lt. Col. Edward H. White, the astronaut who had performed the first United States extravehicular activity during the Gemini program; and Roger B. Chaffee, an astronaut preparing for his first space flight, died in this tragic accident.
I am deeply honored to announce that I have been accepted as an Artist Member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. Other members include Astronaut Alan Bean, Don Davis, Dr. Dan Durda, Kim Poor, Rick Sternbach and the late Kelly Freas and Robert McCall.
When I found out I had been accepted to participate in the First Annual Art Show and Silent Auction at the 50th Annual American Atheist Convention I went into a panic. I already had a decent body of work, but most of the paintings were large-format and difficult to transport to Austin Texas. In early January I decided I would start a new series exclusively for the show on a smaller format. I picked a 12″ x 36″ canvas as my standard. This is the culmination of my work.
My creed is that: Justice is the only worship. Love is the only priest.
Ignorance is the only slavery. Happiness is the only good.
The time to be happy is now, The place to be happy is here,
The way to be happy is to make others so.
-Robert Green Ingersoll
Madalyn Murray O’Hair was an outspoken advocate of atheism and the founder of the organization American Atheists.
In 1960 O’Hair gained notoriety when she sued Baltimore public schools for requiring students to read from the Bible and to recite the Lord’s Prayer at school exercises. The case reached the Supreme Court where it was joined to another similar case and tried as Abington School District v. Schempp. In 1963, the court ruled 8-1 in favor of the plaintiffs. The decision effectively ended Bible reading and prayer recitation in public schools.
Art show will debut at atheist convention
Charity to benefit
Cranford, NJ—In what is believed to be the first art show at an atheist convention, American Atheists announced that their 50th Anniversary celebration will include works from artists around the country. Ten percent of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Foundation Beyond Belief, an organization that vets secular charities.
Maria Sklodowska Curie has always fascinated me. Did she know that the material that she worked with, trying to find a way to kill cancer cells, was causing the very illness that would kill her?