“Cosmic Tarantula”

“Cosmic Tarantula”, inspired by the image taken from the Webb Space Telescope, it is 340 light-years across. Thousands of never-before-seen young stars in a stellar nursery called 30 Doradus. The background reveals distant galaxies, as well as the structure of the nebula’s gas and dust. This is oil on canvas , 30 x 15 inches. I used only four colours in this painting, mixing the paint with transparent white and medium to create the lighter areas.

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Barbara Sheehana

Born in 1944 in Washington, D.C., I have painted and sculpted most of my life. At 74 years of age, I feel I am at my most creative time of life. I started painting a series of "Nebula Art" in 2015 after seeing the Hubble Space Telescope images. I find so much joy in attempting to capture these beautiful photographs. I live now in Naples, Florida, and have 18 completed paintings so far and will continue to paint as long as I am able. I studied art and sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.; painting and sculpture at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va. I have taken art classes in my community of Pelican Bay. Exhibition include Swiss Embassy, Torpedo Factory, Pelican Bay Community Center, Naples Art Association and Rookery Bay

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