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The Sky Maps Project
Several years ago, I purchased a small telescope so I could look at the moon from the rooftop of my apartment building in midtown Manhattan. There was originally no thought of using it as a pathway for painting. The nights I spent with the little telescope by myself became not only an escape from the hubbub of New York City, but an escape from civilization; a way to be part of nature and landscape outside the usual human-sized experience.
It was important that the paintings were from my own observations and images (sometimes in sub-zero temperatures!) I wanted the paintings to be little jewel boxes, tiny hard specks of light in a sea of blackness; a galaxy with billions of stars that could fit in the palm my hand.
It became the stories of beginnings, middles and ends; the birth and death of stars, the endless cycles of the moon, all taking place over distances and in time scales beyond everyday comprehension.

Rosette
oil on panel
10" diameter
2016
Messier 56, Near Infrared
oil on panel
12"
2016
Leo Triplet, Near Infrared
oil on panel
10" diameter
2016
Sunspots
oil on panel
10" diamter
2016
Moon
oil on panel
48" diameter
2015
Messier 27
oil on panel
8" diameter
2016
Voyager II
oil on panel
12" diameter
2016
Messier 33
oil on panel
8" diameter
2016
Messier 57
oil on panel
8" diameter
2016
Messier 81
gouache on paper
12" x 16"
2015
Crater
gouache on paper
14" x 16"
2015