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Rob Rey
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ART TO HELP MAKE SCIENCE A MORE MEANINGFUL PART OF OUR LIVES Please help support this work on Patreon.

Cosmic Perspective is understanding our scale within the universe; being humbled by a grand and awe-inspiring expanse of space, deep time, and staggering complexity. In the light of scientific understanding, a little curiosity is quickly rewarded with an enchanting, almost spiritual feeling of wonder at the natural world. Making an effort to comprehend the cosmos has a way of putting our lives, troubles, and pride in a helpful frame of reference, allowing us to refocus on what matters most. When we see the Earth as a lonely blue speck of oasis, it inherently sparks feelings of fellowship, belonging, and connection with our fellow earthlings. Through this panoramic lens, our terrestrial disputes and nationalist contentions are reduced to insignificance. Empathy and compassion become natural and obvious ways to relate to one another.

In a world where our traditional sources of meaning are growing less resonant, cosmic perspective provides a new and inspiring scientific story of humanity united by our shared atomic origins in stardust. It provides a sense of kinship with all life on earth in our shared genetic evolution over four billion years of development. It provides hope in our capacity to reason and understand the cosmos of which we are part. It necessitates cooperation to preserve and cherish our tiny planet, the only habitable place we know to exist.

We are stardust evolved to understand the stars; a tiny part of the universe, become conscious.

Humans are a storytelling species. We live our lives by stories in one form or another. To have lasting impact, a meaningful story needs to be interacted with on a regular basis, so that we don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Rob creates his art to be a visual reminder of this grand perspective, that we might all live more inspired, empathic lives, while innovating a more sustainable way of living.

Favourite Books
The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan, The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe by Steven Novella, The Big Picture by Sean Carroll
I'm excited to announce that I did an interview with the Savvy Painter Podcast! We had a great conversation about communicating with art, the role science can play as a fulfilling human story, feeling a sense of wonder with the universe, and a discussion of my painting process. Come have a listen and let me know what you think!
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I've been interviewed on Every Day Original! You can read about my painting process, thoughts, and artistic interstellar travels. You know, figuratively speaking.
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Last month I was very excited to announce that this painting has received the Best of Show award in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society annual "Best of America" exhibition. Well, the December issue of the Artist's Magazine has been released and I can now tell you that the same painting has received an Honorable Mention in the Magazine's 30th Annual Art Competition in the figure and portrait category! I'm honored once again to be in the company of so many great artists. Go check out all the other great art in this issue on the news stands. You can see an excerpt of the magazine on my blog:
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I love your work
Your works are stunning! Beautiful play with lighting.
your art is really jaw dropping :)
Happy Birthday! !
Today is a special day worthy of celebration--because you are a special person worthy of celebration, and it is your birthday.  You in all the universe are a unique product of unique experience that have shaped a unique and compelling perspective. You merit interest and attention; you merit praise.  Your presence in this shared reality makes that reality a better place.  For that, and your brave and generous sharing of the products of your experiences and creativity, I pause to note that I rejoice in you, and wish you a truly HAPPY BIRTHDAY!