Why on Earth (ha!) would you give up your astronaut job to be an artist? That's a question I've had a lot over the past year since retiring from NASA and the astronaut office. Believe me it was a difficult decision to make the retiring from the astronaut office part, not the artist part. I still pinch myself every day that by some act of God (really!) I was selected to be an astronaut. In fact, I pinch myself every day that I was blessed to do any and all of the incredible jobs I had with NASA...

I look forward to sharing some of my own artwork and the inspiration behind it as part of this blog series, but for this installment I would like to share a little bit about another AstroArts project I'm supporting. The project is called “Hope 1: The Space Suit Art Project”. My guess is that anyone reading this blog will agree that spaceflight and all that goes along with it is inspirational. This inspiration presents itself in so many ways - inspiring children to pursue an education and careers in STEM fields, inspiring innovative research and technology developments, inspiring cooperation between...

I want to start this first blog by saying how incredibly honored I am that AWB invited me to participate as the AstroArtist of the Month. This is really a very humbling thing for me. My entire professional career over the past 30 years has focused on the "Astro" piece of AstroArtist - first as a NASA engineer supporting the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs at both the Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers, and later as a NASA astronaut who was blessed to fly twice in space. The "Artist" has always been there in the background, but last year...

Interview with the Space Artist “Tapestry of Time” Q1: I see you work in acrylics as your most common medium. Many artists today have gone the “digital” route. What is it that you find so interesting about using physical paints on canvas? I appreciate the organics and alchemy of mixing paints, and the interplay between me, the brushes, paints and canvas. I don't experience the same immersion through digital medium. Painting is all very tactile and engaging, and at times its visceral or emotional. Also, its physical. Because I work large scale I rely on my entire body to participate...

The Cosmos on a Palette "Star Path" Space art is a genre I absolutely adore. It reels with visions of possibilities for our specie's future endeavors. It's a thrilling subject to probe and inspires the imagination. Like space exploration, space art is laden with vast opportunities of discovery. It's one of those vehicles that approaches the big questions, scientific and philosophical questions. It's the opportunity to peer back in time, to the beginning of time, to look toward the future, to investigate our origins, to understand our place in the universe, to better understand the very elements that make up...

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.