image: Westerlund
The reference-based Astronomy painting series uses false color mapping of gas emissions, sound waves, x rays and other phenomena invisible to the naked eye, otherwise known as astrophotography as inspiration for multi layered oil paintings. Images like these gained wild popularity thanks to  websites such as NASA's Astronomy Picture Of the Day, and the methods of depicting astronomic information that were initially used by large telescopes such as the Hubble and Chandra, and are now being utilized by independent astrophotographers around the world. As luxury objects, these small paintings refer to the baroque and rococo obsession with the precious and intricately executed, while seeking to remain painterly in the physical sense.