Houston, We Have Liftoff!

I can promise that almost every child had the thought of becoming an astronaut and working for NASA at some point. We’ve seen Cosmos, we’ve obsessed over the galaxy nail and legging trend, and into our adulthood there is still something that lingers about the unknown of outer space. The brave men and women of NASA have ventured out into the unknown and discovered so much more than we ever could have fathomed.

For all you star gazers, and astronomy aficionados check out these gorgeous images that we are proud to present!

Launch of The First Flight of Space Shuttle Columbia, 1981

Launch of the First Flight of Space Shuttle Columbia, 1981

Under the Wing of the Small Magellanic Cloud

Under the Wing of the Small Magellanic Cloud

M82 Starburst Galaxy

M82 – Starburst Galaxy

 

Merging Clusters in 30 Doradus

Merging Clusters in 30 Doradus

Make sure you check out our complete NASA Collection, it’s out of this world!

New Artist: Jean Guichard

Jean Guichard is inspired by the traveling and photography that he carried out during his military service. His first camera, a Nikon, was financed by photos that he sold to the crew of his ship. Guichard’s technical skills were further developed during his time with the Department of Commerce.

He has since published several award winning books on lighthouses and is constantly creating new lighthouse images.

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New Artist: Luigi Florio

Luigi Florio is a modern figurative painter. Born in a small village near Milan in northern Italy, he received his art diploma at the Art Institute of Cantù. He later attended the Libera Art Academy, under the Italian master, Cino Balleri. His artistic influences come from the Italian art of the 19th century, passing through the “Macchiaioli” movement (an equivalent of french “Tachisme”) up to French Impressionists.

His subjects range from the northern Italy countryside to the warm light of coastal Liguria, to splendid portraits of the most popular Italian cities like Rome, Florence and Venice, which have had extraordinary success worldwide. His constantly changing style is ultimately exploring abstraction in a new personal form.

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New Artist: Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas’ love for vintage poster, propaganda and product art from the early 20th century and an interest in retro-futuristic images from the mid-20th has led to creating some cool poster art. I mean, who doesn’t want to travel the galaxy or join the fight against the villains of 1980s arcade games.

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New Artist: Keith Dotson

“The landscape is the basis of my art. My studio is the outdoors, in all its forms, with subjects ranging from abstractions and patterns to bold, sweeping vistas. Much of the satisfaction I derive from photography is the sense of exploration and discovery; the visceral process of venturing out to make images; the silence of fog broken only by the sound of the camera shutter; the soft crunch of snow underfoot on a frosty winter morning; the fluttering colors of descending leaves in the forest on a Fall afternoon.”

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Q: What 3 words best describe your art?
A: Haunting. Quiet. Textural.

Q: How did you learn photography?
A: I started learning photography in junior high and got my first darkroom experience in high school. I also grew up drawing and painting, and eventually went to art school, becoming a professional art director. Only later did I come back around to rediscovering my love for photography. Since then I’ve been passionate about black and white photography and have spent every single day learning and growing as a photographer.

Q: Are there any current art trends that you love or hate?
A: I’m enjoying the photographic trend back to film, or even more archaic photographic techniques. More and more artists are creating cyanotypes, tintypes, and collodion prints to great effect.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece of yours? If so, which is it and why?
A: Currently, my own favorite photograph is the Avenue of the Oaks, shot near Savannah, Georgia. It combines all the things I hope for in an image… It’s based on a beautiful landscape with a long history and a strong sense of place; it features dramatic light and atmosphere; and it’s a powerfully simple composition. I think about the generations of people who lived on this land, and the people who planted these 400 massive oaks, and all the people who’ve passed beneath this majestic corridor of branches since before the Civil War.

Q: What inspires you?
A: I’m inspired by the wonderful light, patterns, and textures of nature. I’m inspired by travel and experiencing new places and cultures. I’m inspired by landscapes with a palpable spirit and atmosphere, especially if there’s also a rich or interesting history. And of course, I’m inspired by the art and photographs created by other talented artists, especially the woodcuts and paintings of Edo period Japan.

 


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New Artist: Najah Clemmons

Najah Clemmons attended College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and graduated with a B.F.A. Developing a new love for mixed media and cut paper, her works began to reflect the marriage of paper textures and painterly strokes. Recently she has started to explore the boldness of color in the graphic design medium.

“As an artist, I am true to myself when I utilize all that I’ve learned and all that I am in my work.”

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Q: What inspires you?
A: Simple beauty in nature. If you look hard enough you can find some pretty amazing shapes and patterns in the grand design of little things.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece of yours and why?
A: “Bright Mosaic Flower” – I love the colors… flowers amaze me, how God takes the time to hand craft each one, and how after a cold dead winter, somehow they always manage to push through that and grow. The piece reminds me of the hope in new beginnings.

Q: What 3 words best describe your art?
A: Bright, Bold, Simplicity.

Q: How did you learn to paint and draw?
A: I just always did. My earliest memory is at 3 years old, laying on my stomach on the floor and coloring, designing my own Sesame Street monsters!

Q: What can we expect from you in 2012?
A: I’m really looking to explore some of the bohemian style – although, somehow you can’t completely stray away from what is already inside you. I think I’ll begin to introduce it into my current style (under a microscope).

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
A: Be true to yourself but don’t be afraid to learn or make a mistake. You are who you are, but the more you learn the more you have to expound on. And mistakes are often masterpieces in disguise.

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New Artist: Karen J. Williams

A self-taught artist, Karen has loved creating art in any form since early childhood. Karen’s artwork is a combination of her artistic passions – photography, graphics and usually a hands-on added element. Many of her pieces are inspired by personal experiences or those of friends.

Karen is diverse in both her subject matter as well as her approach to creating, constantly improving her techniques and finding enjoyment in her work.

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Q: What inspires you?
A: So many things, my family, nature, people and emotions. This sounds cliche, but truly it is the world around me. I find inspiration in everyday things.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not creating?
A: Traveling to new places with my family. Even if it is a weekend getaway. I love seeing new things, going to new places, and meeting new people. Getting to do that with my husband and children is always a bonus.

Q: Whose art can we find displayed in your home?
A: Mine, Toulouse-Lautrec, Wyland

Q: What 3 words best describe your art?
A: Decorative, themed, varied.

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
A: Don’t give up, Push yourself, Trust yourself.

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