I've always loved art. I spent my middle school & high school career in magnet schools for the arts. In high school I majored in printmaking & art history.
But I've also always loved science, & late in high school I realized that the market for science is a bit less saturated. In particular, I find studying physics of space (i.e. astrophysics) an immensely spiritual experience, to the extent that one can be spiritual as a secular humanist. So that's what I got my PhD in.
Art is now my release valve, instead of an additional source of pressure, though you'd be surprised how often design and color theory help me in my scientific career. My job also lets me travel quite a bit, so I also like to take artsy-fartsy photos as much as is practical and put them here for posterity.
Note: if you want to color my line art, please PM me for permission (I have never refused—ask and ye shall receive the full-size line drawing), and when you're ready to post, just be sure to include both my name and a link to my original line drawing in the description.
The photos I take usually require very little work on my part, so I don't mind them being used for stock.
Yes, I'm NerdNerdBurger on Imgur. I don't make a big deal of it.
Indeed I do appreciate it. I'm agnostic about the Sun and stars being self-aware since I don't have the foggiest idea how we could test for it, but it's interesting to contemplate.
Sorry, I'm just a hobbyist who rarely has time to draw her own stuff anymore. I don't take requests or commissions.