Description Since getting my first telescope at age 12 I've loved the beautiful and unique views they offer. This painting of a crescent moon and the planet Venus rising behind a stand of ancient bristlecone pines on a mountain ridge is my first telescopic landscape. When we see a thin crescent moon, the moon is lit by a nearly full Earth which reflects light onto its surface like a great mirror, an affect called Earthshine. Bristlecone pines are one of the oldest living things, some reaching nearly five thousand years old growing in high mountains in the western United States.
John Foster, Portland OR Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement John Foster was born, raised, and currently lives in Portland OR. He started drawing at a young age and has always had an interest in both art and science. Thanks to the mentoring of an excellent high school art teacher, art school training, years of experience as a planetarium artist for a major museum and many travels through the western US and abroad, John's work reflects well-honed artistic skills and unuasual accuracy and realism. A vast range of interests contribute to the quality of his work including; photography, astronomy, various natural science and historic subjects, archeology, backpacking and other outdoor interests. He has won many honors and his work routinely appears in publictions worldwide. Working mainly in acrylics, John considers himself a painter of the lost worlds of the past and nature's spectacular places. WARNING: ALL IMAGES SHOWN HERE ARE REGISTERED WITH THE US COPYRIGHT OFFICE AND FULLY PROTECTED UNDER THE LAW. REPRODUCTION IN ANY FORM IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND WILL BE PROSECUTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.