An artist can be inspired by any number of things: a dream, memory, or feeling, or more tangible things like nature, people, or a location. While anyone can look at something beautiful and be inspired by it, moved by it — it takes an artist to take that inspiration and create something entirely new from it.
The vast and unreachable “unknown” of outer space captivates artists and scientists alike. Glass artist Josh Simpson (married to renowned astronaut Catherine Coleman) creates stunning glass planets that evoke some of the incredible beauty of space.
Each night, Simpson walks from his home to his studio and spends time gazing into the night sky. He never tries to replicate the beauty he witnesses, but instead tries to instill some of the wonder of the universe into his glass work. He often isn’t even aware of the source of his inspiration until someone points it out to him later.