Space Art Gallery http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/ Space Art Gallery International Space Station SOLD / Commissioned by NASA Launch Director, Michael Leinbach, during the initial stages of design development and construction of the International Space Station. To view the complete description about this piece link to "About The Art". Copyright 2000 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=72773270 72773270 Epiphany in Light / 2014 (title credit David Braun) SOLD 48" x 36" Acrylic on canvas: "EPIPHANY OF LIGHT by Lucy West, depicts the first moments of a proto-star emerging from its cosmic womb. After gestating 10 million years in the nebula, the glowing proto-star reached a temperature high enough to achieve nuclear fusion. This fusion produced enough heat and radiant energy to surpass the event horizon set by the ever tightening grip of its self-generated gravitational force. This birth is not a gentle or passive event- it is a catastrophic and invasive burst of energy. The impact can be felt, as well as seen in Lucy's interpretation of the radiant white light plunging through the darkness of space and the powerful solar winds scattering the surrounding nebulae. This birth is the beginning of a solar system taking its rightful place in the galaxy. This colossal event will be explained by some as a chance happening in a dynamic universe. Others, will view this as a miracle, void of chance. From a philosophical point of view, the correct answer lies within ourselves. For thousands of years, the human race has been looking upward in search of a deeper understanding of itself. This star's story contains observations of the interactions of time, matter, and energy which occurred in a single point of space, spanning 10 million years. An understanding of these interactions from the first gravitational pull on dust particles and gasses, to nuclear fusion, to the final exploding birth of a star provides exciting insights into the cosmos not available to our ancestors. Lucy has captured all of this on canvas in a powerful representation of a single moment of stellar birth. Perhaps a pondering of these new insights will provide you with the epiphany into the cosmos and yourself you have been searching for." -David Braun http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194323573 194323573 Frontiers of the Cosmos / 2014 SOLD / private commission: 36" x 24" acrylic on canvas. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=192982093 192982093 Embers of Exploration and Enlightenment / 2014 (title credit Roger Weiss) SOLD 20" x 30" acrylic on canvas. Prints available. "Embers of Exploration and Enlightenment" is a time-honored tale of curiosity and the nomadic pursuit of new worlds and knowledge. Envisioning our ancestors investigating the night sky by the familiar heat of a campfire, I muse a great arm of a galaxy swirled around their world. They can't see the immensity of its reach across the inky black space of the heavens, but they can detect small evidences of its presence, and sense its embrace, as if floating within the soft light of Life's cosmic womb. With desire to know, understand and explore, they discern patterns in the points of light hovering overhead, point out the brightest stars, and create stories, myths and gods to explain what they see. These stories pass down from generation to generation and morph into a labyrinth of interpretations and beliefs. As epochs pass, the refined tools of observation and technology will allow their eyes to peer through light years of distances beyond their world, and avail them a tapestry of comprehension to explore. They will discover a solar system within a great galaxy. They will discover...the universe. I journeyed across my canvas with our ancestors throughout the passage of time, warmed by the idea of their migration toward perceptive reasoning, until I arrived to a thought that rendered me awestruck: These earliest investigations eventually led to our species engineering remarkable things like rockets that launch humans and machines into space. I had traveled from ancient campfires and curiosities to return to now, an extraordinary period in history marking humankinds rise in knowledge and accomplishments. From a genetic point of view, considering that within each of us bits of our earliest ancestors still live on, I find a poetic ending to this tale...that in a sense, they can now truly understand so much of what they pondered so long ago. 2014 Lucy West. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=191800779 191800779 Exploring Triton: Journey to New Knowledge / 2013 SOLD / Acrylic and digital painted composition, 20" x 30". Prints available. Commissioned/ Prof.Charles Cockell collection. Description: Future explorers conduct research on the surface of Triton as nitrogen geysers erupt in the background. Copyright 2014 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187875794 187875794 Tiger Stripes: The Icy Jets of Enceladus / 2013 Acrylic painting and digital composite. From the South Pole of the frozen surface of Enceladus, enormous, effervescent jets of icy brine spew volumes of vapor and ice particles at high speeds. Some of the material is jettisoned into space where it is snared by Saturn's gravity wherein Saturn's hazy "E" ring is created. The organic-rich compounds that make up this salty spray marks Enceladus as potential habitable zone candidate. Scientists theorize the jets originate deep below the moon's thick ice cap in a warm subsurface ocean and find their pressurized escape from vents along the steep "Tiger Stripe" trenches, nicknamed as such due to their distinct striping running in long veins across the moons ever-changing southern terrain. I've been held spellbound by Enceladus since first viewing Cassini's stunning images of the moon's sunlit jets and desolate landscapes, which can be seen at http://ciclops.org (Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations). With considerate input from Dr. Carolyn Porco, and astronomer Phil Plait, I was able to better understand how to render the exciting dynamics taking place on Saturn's tiny companion. Copyright 2013 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=176646250 176646250 The Brush Strokes of Star Birth / 2012 (title credit Phil Plait) SOLD / Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 48" : The Brush Strokes of Star Birth is a rendering of a nebula cataloged as Sharpless 2-106. It is gorgeous star-forming region located in the constellation Cygnus, a dynamic nebula stretching approximately two light years across, which is small in comparison to the famous Orion Nebula M42 that stretches approximately 24 light years across. The bright star in the middle of the nebula surrounded by a cocoon of hourglass-shaped dark gases is definitely the "star" of the show. It's newly born energy is so intense that it has heated up the surrounding gases to 10,000 degrees Celsius causing them to glow in seemingly winged beauty. When I discovered the Hubble Space Telescope wide field image of S-106 IR, I couldn't take my eyes off the amazing little powerhouse. I was compelled to learn more about it and render it on canvas. (A progression of the canvas work can be viewed at In The Studio - page link found on the top navigation bar). 'The Brush Strokes of Star Birth' won 1st place in 'Space and Astronomy Art Contest' held in Fine Art America, October 28, 2012! Copyright 2012 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=165422423 165422423 Origins / 2011 NFS (Acrylic on canvas 20" x 30" ) Prints available. Life. How did it begin? When did it begin? Where did it begin? These ageless questions have beckoned human attention for eons in hopes of unveiling how and why we came into existence. Since humanity first stepped out of the African Savannas, we have searched to understand our place and purpose in our world and the universe. Thousands of generations of philosophical and scientific explorations have carried us further and further across a cosmic bridge spanning a familiar home planet to deeper understandings and cosmological discoveries. By reaching out to comprehend the stars, we come full circle and learn that everything in the known universe, including us curious humans, is made of recycled star stuff. When I ponder that, I see in my mind's eye a romantic depiction of DNA ingredients streaming from our own sun's massive coronal eruptions and arriving on Earth to transform and evolve into walking, breathing, thinking life. Our technological breakthroughs reveal the elegant building blocks of a fractal universe and shed light-years of understanding of how most things great and small employ similar structural shapes, elements and compositions. As technology evolves in sophistication, humankind will continue to use an inherent drive to explore deeper into the cosmos, enabling more answers to come into focus and possibly bring us closer to unearthing our own remarkable origins. Copyright 2011 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=137863050 137863050 Mighty M106 / 2013 Acrylic on canvas / 30" x 40" / Copyright 2013 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=175593875 175593875 Orion Nebula M42 SOLD / 48" x 36" Acrylic on canvas. "Orion Nebula M42" takes Best in Show at Spacefest IV, 2012. This piece was inspired by a Hubble Space Telescope image. Learn more about the Orion M42 Hubble Space Telescope image, go to "In The Studio". Copyright 2011 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=118809149 118809149 M101 Pinwheel Galaxy / 2011 SOLD / Acrylic on canvas 48" x 36" Copyright 2011 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=137991820 137991820 Valles Marineris Sunrise / 2013 (Acrylic painting (30" x 48") and digital composite) - When I was nine years old, my parents loaded the family car and took my two brothers and I on vacation to Daytona Beach, Florida. From my young perspective it seemed we were traveling in the car for weeks, especially since I was stuck between two crafty boys! But in reality, we drove from Kentucky to Florida in only 12 to 14 hours. I had never been in a tropical climate or seen the ocean before, and I was incredibly excited by the plan my parents had set into motion. Mile by mile, as the roadside scenery changed, I occupied my mind with wild imaginings of what Florida would offer. Tarzan-like episodes played out in elaborate mental adventures that caused my heart to race. As we shot down the interstate evidence of southern environs began to pepper the roadside, Spanish moss hung heavy from large oaks, Coppertone billboards and lanky pines outlined I-75. After we finally passed the Florida state line and neared Daytona, I remember driving down SR40 in Ormond Beach until we reached the Intercostal Waterway. Our vehicle climbed Granada Bridge from mainland to beachside. When we reached the crest of the bridge we were high enough to get a good look over several miles in all directions. That's when the magic moment happened, I viewed my very first glimpse of the ocean from my high perch. Breathtaking doesn't even begin to describe the profound way my mind, body and soul reacted to that unfamiliar horizon. It seemed to go on forever. I hadn't been able to fathom "forever" until I saw the vast reach of the ocean glittering in the hot sun. To this day I have literal chills when I think of that moment. Looking back, I now realize this journey that fostered my first view of the ocean gave me something that has lasted a lifetime, it gave me the experience of what it is like to arrive in a totally new world without a familiar point of reference by which to measure it. You might be asking what this tory has to do with my rendering of Mars. The connection is this: As I researched and rendered the Valles Marineris region, I traveled adventurously in my imagination, just like I did as a kid traveling to Florida. My heart raced as my thoughts pushed intensely toward an imagined moment, a locomotive of reasoning contemplating this one thought over and again; "Imagine approaching Mars early one morning." When we think of Mars explorations, we think of the roaring lift-off that carries our space travelers away from our home planet, we think of the long, dark journey it will take to reach the surface of the red planet, we think of the science and experiments and harsh environmental conditions and how our explorers will survive such a challenging journey. But its not mentioned very often of that one special moment when the destination is about to become a reality, when the goal is about to reach out and shake your hand and welcome you into its domain, that magic moment that can be like non other. Imagine approaching Mars early one morning. What kind of unfamiliar horizons will be waiting there for the crossing? Copyright 2013 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178035011 178035011 Signature of the Universe / 2012 (Acrylic on canvas, 16" x 16") - From the tiniest subatomic particles, to the countless stars in the cosmos, to the copious forms of life, to the immense infrastructure of the universe, an astounding story has been unfolding and evolving from within a cosmic cocoon of possibilities for billions of years. Who or what set this story into motion? Is everything in the universe interconnected? What is consciousness and can it pervade all things? Can Life know the universe within? 'Signature of the Universe' was conceived from questions such as these. To simply enjoy a moment of imagining, something beyond the ordinary releases a unique narrative. The sweet nectar of possibilities emanating from explorative pondering unfolds into a mystical metamorphosis, and emerges finally to soar throughout the cosmos, swirling with live-giving energies and marking everything it encounters with the distinct signature of the universe within. Copyright 2012 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=147176778 147176778 Endeavour / 2011 SOLD- 20" x 16" Acrylic on canvas . Copyright 2011 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=121729764 121729764 Dancing With Fate / 2012 Acrylic on canvas 16" x 16" - I watched the 2012 Venus transit, live, online, streaming from Griffith Observatory. Just the mere fact that I could witness a rare astronomical event live, online (!), made this a particularly interesting transit. To further that exhilaration, as I watched Venus' silhouette glide slowly in front of the sun, it occurred to me that an opportunity to witness an exoplanet transiting its host star would be very similar. And so, I used the Venus transit to transport my imagination beyond our solar system to an unfamiliar star system where a small rocky planet orbiting too close to its host star, ensuring its ultimate fate of annihilation. Copyright 2012 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=169610920 169610920 Celestial Northwest Acrylic painting and digital composite. The northern sky blooms with celestial light - (view looking toward the islands of Hope on Lake Pend Orielle.) Copyright 2010 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information on image use. Copyright 2010 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=96426301 96426301 Timeless Presence / 2012 Acrylic on canvas 24" x 30" Copyright 2012 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=171585263 171585263 Celestial Lotus / 2010 24" x 12" Acrylic on canvas. Copyright 2010 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=89758961 89758961 Freedom of Dreaming / 2012 SOLD / 24" x 30" Acrylic on canvas: "Freedom of Dreaming" is a spontaneous composition that took shape while I meditated on the steadfast determination it takes to pursue dreams and ambitions. When I started the painting I didn't know what was going to happen on the canvas, I simply knew I wanted to tell this story through the wildness of spirited horses and the beauty of brilliant light and the power that fuels the freedom to dream. Spontaneous pieces such as this one often develop in a method comparable to working with clay which implement techniques of "putting in" and "taking out" elements until a natural flow begins to take shape. Once the subject is teased out of the abstract foundation, a painting can seem to take off on its own. I balance between spontaneity and personal influence over a composition and at times the process can feel similar to taking an expedition into a mysterious land where I am forced to rely on intuition to get through the journey and find myself awed at the discovery of the unexpected along the way. It can be thrilling, joyous, exhausting, disappointing, astounding, blissful, consuming, addictive, educational, a harsh mentor, a stampede of gifts. And when such a painting is completed, I hope to take my viewers with me, away from the tedium of daily routine and into the exciting realms of the unknown where anything is possible. Copyright 2012 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=161227512 161227512 "Star Path" / 2010 SOLD / 24" x 12" Acrylic on canvas. The constellation Cygnus takes center stage on the Milky Way's luminous path into the heavens. Copyright 2010 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=99257262 99257262 Lightyears of Beginnings / 1994 SOLD/ Commissions for similar concept available. upon request. Copyright 1994 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information reagarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=66948869 66948869 Alchemy of Light/ 2009 Acrylic on canvas 48" x 36" For an in-depth description on this piece go to "About The Art" page. Copyright 2009 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134940934 134940934 Shines The Nameless / 2009 Acrylic on canvas. 28" x 22" For an in-depth description on this piece go to "About The Art" page. Copyright 2009 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=134959231 134959231 Night Launch to the Future SOLD / Leinbach collection / Acrylic airbrush. Copyright 2000 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=74104175 74104175 The People of Pinnacle Point / 2013 Acrylic on canvas / 24" x 36": People have inhabited Pinnacle Point of Mossel Bay, South Africa, for over 160K years. Archaeologists have recently unearthed remarkable clues about the cave-dwelling people that left behind evidence of a flourishing lifestyle derived from the marine life of this southern coastline. Pinnacle Point is still a popular spot for humans, now sporting luxury golf courses and beautiful modern homes atop the ancient cliffs. But I chose to depicted the Pinnacle Point of the very distant past when the fire-lit caves of our early ancestors glowed some 75,000 years ago and the subtle starlight of the Milky Way sparkled against the darkest of skies of a summer night. Copyright 2013 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=175906819 175906819 Shuttle Launch Scene collage SOLD / Leinbach collection/ Acrylic airbrush on illustration board. Copyright 1998 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=82447944 82447944 Communion / 2011 SOLD / Graphite / Black pencil on paper 9" x 12" Copyright 2011 Lucy West / All Rights Reserved. Contact Lucy West for information regarding image use. http://www.lucyweststudios.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142403133 142403133