“Starburst Galaxy – Messier 94”

Acrylic on canvas, paint pens and aluminum particles. March 2019, 3 x 4 feet. This painting was inspired by the Hubble image of the same name. While having new storm shutters installed in our Florida home, they had to be customized by cutting with an electric saw. When I saw the tiny shiny particles of aluminum I knew I had to use them in a painting. I used different sizes of sieves to separate the particles into three different sizes. I am also including a close up of the center of the painting.

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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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