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My creative work in the last few years has been divided among three areas: scientific research at PSI and at the International Space Science Institute in Bern, Switzerland; my paintings; and my writing. My current science research involves history of surface features on Mars, origin of the moon, and the widely accepted paradigm of a cataclysmic “late heavy bombardment” at 3.9 billion years ago --- a cataclysm that probably never happened. As of 2018, I am on the imaging team of the European Mars Express mission, but relatively inactive due to cuts in NASA support for American participants. My paintings include astronomical scenes (used for magazines, book covers, etc.) and plein air (outdoor, on-site) landscapes, many completed during my international travels. My writing includes 3 college texts in planetary science and astronomy, which each went into 4-6 editions;  popular science books; non-fiction history, and two published novels. Two more novels are in the pipeline. You can explore all these efforts in more detail by clicking on the listings below.




*   SHORT FORMAL Curriculum Vitae (CV)




Astronomical paintings

*   Pictorial Catalog of Paintings Available for Publication

*   Descriptive Catalog of Paintings Available for Publication

*   Gallery of Astronomical Observatories

*   Gallery of Planets and Moons

*   Gallery of Mars

*   Gallery of Asteroids and Comets

*   Gallery of Stars and Galaxies

    Terrestrial Landscapes

*   Volcano Gallery

*   Sonoran Desert Gallery

*   Earth: A Travel Gallery

*   Tucson Gallery

*   Arizona and the Southwest: A Travel Gallery

*   Old Mexico Gallery

*   France Gallery

*   Paris Gallery

*   Switzerland Gallery

*   Hawaii Scenic Gallery

*   Hawaii Volcano Gallery

  * Selected Exhibitions






View of Saturn from its satellite, Iapetus.


View of Saturn from its satellite, Iapetus.

Iapetus has a bright white icy surface on one hemisphere, but very dark material on the other hemisphere. The dark material is believed to be debris launched by cratering on the dark outer satellites Phoebe and Hyperion. The material spirals inward and impacts the leading hemisphere of the next satellite inward, Iapetus. Additional complicated effects come from strong heat absorption by the the dark material, relative to the bright ice. In this view, from a high latitude on Iapetus, Saturn appears with rings near-parallel to the horizon, and the dark material is arriving from the right, plastering on to right-facing surfaces. (Painting by William K. Hartmann, commissioned for the collection of Eric Palmer.) 


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