Why do you want to make art?
"I make space art specifically because, as a child, it was my dream to become an astronaut. I grew up close to Kennedy Space Center watching rocket launches which further fuelled my love for space. As I got older, I realized even though I may not physically go to space, if I created it, I could. So that’s why I started creating space art, and it’s the only work I‘ve ever created.
"Through creating cosmic art, it’s as if I am traveling and discovering the depths of the universe and if the universe is infinite, the abstract nebula I create, could technically exist."
Can you provide a brief rundown of your process?
"My work on average takes anywhere from 3 days to weeks to complete. I pour in multiple layers using acrylic paints and inks and painting extra details in between each layer for a 3D effect. It’s a lengthy process with the most beautiful results."
What do you love about the mediums that you use?
"Resin is my favorite medium for space art because it’s the only medium that closely resembles gases that make up nebula."
When did you discover resin?
"I first discovered resin in 2018 from former beach artist Sarah Caudle. Her work looked incredibly realistic and I realized that if resin could look like water, it might look like gases in space as well."
How has resin impacted your artwork?
"Resin literally changed the way I created and is what launched my art. It allowed me to create more realistic abstract nebula and gave me the opportunity to make my art 3D by pouring multiple layers, giving my audience a more immersive experience in deep space."
Does art help you in other areas of your life?
"Yes, it consistently has me questioning our universe and learning more about it in any way I can. I have become so involved in the space community just being an artist that paints space, which is something I never thought could happen."
What do you hope someone sees or feels when they look at your art?
"Oh man, it’s hard to say because I want everyone to have their own experience with space.
"For me I feel as if I am holding a piece of nebula snatched from the sky but ultimately, I just see myself. If we are all made of Stardust, I am essentially space creating space and when I hold a piece of space art, I am space holding space. It’s a deep, meaningful art form that is kinda hard for me to explain."
How do you define success as an artist? What does success look and feel like for you?
"For me success is being able to do what I love everyday, it’s completing big goals, growing a community of other like minded individuals that understand you and your art and in the end, it’s having the means to survive off of passion alone."
Where do you sell your work?
I sell my work on lanchendesigns.com and sometimes my Instagram @lanchendesigns
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