“The Lagoon Nebula” – “The Lagoon Nebula – Infrared”

I have painted this image in the past but come back to it because of the beautiful colors the Hubble Space Telescope captured. On the left is the visible-light view and on the right is the same nebula in infrared. The Hubble was able to look through the thick clouds of dust and gas, and to see the thousands of stars that fill the field of view. Most of the stars are more distant, located behind the nebula itself, however, some of these are young stars within the Lagoon Nebula. Info from NASA. Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, September 2019

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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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