This painting was inspired by my research on gravity and astronomy. It is called The Sand Reckoner, which is the title of a book written by Archimedes of Syracuse (287 - 212 BC). In the book, Archimedes calculates how many grains of sand it would take to fill the universe, and to show the limitations of the Greek number system.
Each dot is marked on the canvas individually, like counting grains of sand. These paintings are not a perfect map of the heavens; the dots represent both macro and micro phenomenons, like stars, atoms, matter and dust. And so, while my research and inspiration is based in science, my intentions for the painting are part scientific and part metaphysic. They explore contemplations of things small and large, empty and full, far and close. They recall those moments when we shut our eyes, sit in a dark room, are under bed sheets and lie awake in the night.