56” X 22”


This painting was created in multiple panels to depict the aurora’s continuous change in shape, direction and coloration over periods of time. It shows overlapping images and movement that occurs over minutes, hours or even days. This is in contrast to a fixed image of a traditional landscape.

The aurora borealis is the result of disturbances by solar wind in the upper atmosphere (the magnetosphere) where ionization emits light of various colors depending on how high they are in the atmosphere. Interestingly, there are also southern lights in Antarctica and aurorae have also been observed on other planets in our solar system and on their moons. The aurora borealis is named after the Greek goddess of dawn.