Full Moon Rising by Francine Roche Kay
18 x 24 inches
Artist Statement: Imagine the time of day just between dusk and full night. The brilliant colors of the setting sun have mostly dispersed and give way to the blues and purples of night. The sky is darkening, the stars haven't come out yet. The moon is rising, and she is full and swollen. Wisps of clouds swirl around her; some wisps hold on to the colors of the setting sun, while others take on the colors of night. And as they swirl and dance before the moon, the clouds slowly dissipate as Night takes over.
Bio: Though I have been drawing and painting all my life, I have only recently decided to pursue art after decades in the sciences. Art, to me, has always been therapeutic. Drawing and painting is what I turned to when I needed to relieve stress, or when I needed to work on a problem without actively thinking about it. I have always felt that my creative side worked hand-in-hand with my analytical side, and I discovered this to be especially true as an emerging fluid artist.
As a fluid artist, I deal mostly with acrylics but I am starting to expand into alcohol inks and other fluid media. My background in chemistry has given me insight into fluid dynamics, along with other concepts such as the roles density and surface tension plays in different fluids. Approaching and using technical scientific concepts through a different lens--as an artist, as opposed to a pharmaceutical scientist--has broadened my understanding of fluids in a completely novel way. Needless to say, this has been an eye opening journey and I look forward to delving further into this exciting art form.
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