Monday, December 6, 2021

Holiday Small Works

Three new small works appearing in Abend Gallery's 31st Annual Holiday Minitaures Show, now live online!

Taking the opportunity to experiment a little, I painted these three works on Yupo paper, a smooth plastic sheet, which I mounted to panel. The slick surface allows the paint to slide around more, making it easier to get some really interesting fluid marks.

I feel like these pieces convey the sense of an active universe, in which dust clouds are currently swirly and condensing into new stars!

5 x 7 inches, Oil on Yupo Panel

Jovian Night
8 x 10 inches, Oil on Yupo Panel

8 x 6 inches, Oil on Yupo Panel

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Inertia Timelapse Video

Watch me paint the face of Inertia in just over a minute! Well, it was actually about three hours of painting time, but you can watch the whole thing in about a minute. This video has been available to Patreon subscribers for a while now. A new video of Nullius In Verba is now available over there if you want become a subscriber and check it out.


Objects orbiting the Earth are in constant, weightless free fall. They are just traveling fast enough that by the time they would have fallen to the ground they have passed, or missed the earth, only to find themselves on another side of the planet falling still.

In order to miss the earth's surface from the altitude of low earth orbit, the International Space Station, for instance, must travel an amazing 4.76 miles per second (7.6 km/s). 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Song of the Universe, Study

One voice sings, “Nothing matters.” We are insignificant specks on a speck in a vast uncaring cosmos. When our sun burns out, billions of years from now, it may be entirely inconsequential what happened on our home speck. A melancholy chord, but it also makes problems feel small and helps us to reevaluate how we spend our time. A reminder to live more in the present moment, rather than always fretting the future.

The other voice incants, “Everything matters!” We are here, now, wrapped in the real experience of our joy and suffering, enmeshed in a web of relations with all life on earth. Everything that we do has consequences that will be experienced by our fellow beings. There is profound purpose to be pursued in the improvement of life for ourselves and others. A melody of unity and goodwill.

Different though they seem, each voice tempers the other and blends in a bittersweet, harmonized hymn: a song of Cosmic Perspective.

A new detailed study available Monday morning on Every Day Original

Oil on Panel, 8 x 6 inches

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Second Kind of Loneliness

A recent private commission to illustrate a short sci-fi story by George R R Martin. The Second Kind of Loneliness is the diary of a lone astronaut stationed at the edge of the solar system to operate a machine that can open a wormhole, the null-space vortex, which facilitates interstellar travel. As he awaits the date of his planned return to Earth, the astronaut writes of the love he left behind there, the beauty and solitude of space ,and his fascination with the vortex.

Oil, 24 x 24 inches


Friday, June 18, 2021

Stardust VII, Study

New detailed study available Sunday morning on

"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."

This quote from Carl Sagan represents one of the most poetic truths of our scientific reality. That heavy elements that we are made of weren't created at the beginning of time. Only hydrogen and helium came out of the Big Bang. The rest of the elements were created in the nuclear furnaces of earlier generations of stars that have since exploded and spread their material across the universe. We are literally made of stardust.

Detailed Study
Oil on Panel
8 x 6 inches


Friday, June 4, 2021

Painting A Galaxy Within

A time-lapse that I've slowed down in a few places so you can see some of the marks go down, and see that they don't always go down the way I want them to on the first try.

This has been available on my Patreon for a while but I'm releasing it to the wild and adding a new video there: Painting the Face of Inertia.


A Galaxy Within

We are each a little galaxy of our own. It's a mind-bending exercise trying to comprehend the 100 billion stars found in a typical galaxy. Yet, each of us has roughly the same number of neurons in our own brain, performing a symphony of consciousness. Similar too, is the number of atoms that write out our DNA code. We are a staggeringly complex and unique collection of natural components, come together for a short, precious moment. 

Large numbers are difficult to fathom, but to be disappointed in the realization that we are "just" collections of atoms moving in accordance with the laws of physics, is to misunderstand the depth of this astonishing complexity, and the billions of years it took to evolve.

"We are the miracle, we human beings. Not a break-the-laws-of-physics kind of miracle; a miracle in that it is wondrous and amazing how such complex, aware, creative, caring creatures could have arisen in perfect accordance with those laws [of nature] … Our emergence has brought meaning and mattering into the world ... It bequeaths to us the responsibility and opportunity to make life into what we would have it be." 
-Sean Carroll, The Big Picture

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Bioluminescence : Tenacity

The light of life and the natural world. Of all the vastness of space, as of yet, we know of only one planet that supports life. At least within some great distance from here, life is rare. Each organism being the exquisite and detailed product of billions of years of evolution, life is precious. The process of science has revealed a luminous, living planet, more intricate and amazing than we could have ever imagined. Let us embrace the light of life in everyone, kindled over billions of years, and combine our efforts to light a brilliant future. 

Oil, 8 x 10 inches

Sold in my Rehs Gallery show last fall. 


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Ten Mile Range

Earth Day, every day.

A landscape sold in January at my show with Abend Gallery. I felt like painting some clouds when I did this one.

Oil, 16 x 20 inches


Wednesday, April 7, 2021


A tiny piece from a group of commissions I did last year.

Oil, 4 x 6 inches


Friday, March 19, 2021

Cosmic Awareness

“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself”

-Carl Sagan

We are part of this universe, not simply within it. We are products of nearly 14 billion years of evolution from an incredibly hot and dense beginning. First, simple atoms of hydrogen and helium had to form as space expanded and cooled. Before a planet could evolve life, these simple atoms had to form stars that would fuse heavier elements. These stars had to burn out in violent explosions that would seed new solar systems like ours with the elements necessary for life. After more than 9 billion years of cosmic evolution, our planet formed and began to evolve life. In this little corner at least, we are the first pieces of the universe with the ability to look out at the night sky and understand it. We are the universe coming to know itself.

Available tomorrow on Every Day Original

Detailed Study, 8 x 6 inches, Oil on Panel

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Nebular Nook

This new painting, from an earlier study, has been accepted to show next month in the Oil Painters of America's annual National Juried Exhibition!

In the nebulous dust of deceased giants, new stars are born. Stretching out their new solar winds, these young stars carve out a space for themselves in the dust, just a few million years old.

How many human generations is a million years? It would be approximately 40,000 generations, yet homo sapiens has only existed for less than a third of that time, about 12,000 generations.

Nebular Nook by Rob Rey -
Oil, 24 x 16 inches

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Study of Nature

My next small painting available on Every Day Original tomorrow morning.

"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful."
- Henri Poincaré, Science and Method

Study of Nature by Rob Rey -
Oil, 6 x 8 inches

Wednesday, January 6, 2021


My Online Solo Show with Abend Gallery is now live! The show includes this new painting of the Earth titled, "Overview".

The Overview Effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts while viewing the Earth from space.

The Earth is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, hanging in the void, shielded by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, national boundaries vanish, and the conflicts that divide people become less important, encouraging a sense of unity with all of humanity and life on Earth. The need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this planet becomes both obvious and imperative.

“When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile … Anybody else who’s ever gone to space says the same thing because it really is striking and it’s really sobering to see this paper-thin layer and to realize that that little paper-thin layer is all that protects every living thing on Earth from death, basically. From the harshness of space.”

-Ron Garan, Astronaut

For more about the Overview Effect check out the short film.

Oil, 24 x 24 inches


Thursday, December 3, 2020

Bioluminescence : Curiosity

One of the pieces that sold in my group show, Taking Flight, at Rehs Contemporary last month.

The light of life and the natural world. Of all the vastness of space, as of yet, we know of only one planet that supports life. At least within some great distance from here, life is rare. Each organism being the exquisite and detailed product of billions of years of evolution, life is precious. This point of light and inspiration stands in contrast to the lanterns and lights that are historically thought to be sources of illumination but are now dimmed; mythologies and superstitions humans have created as we struggled in the dark of ignorance to understand our world. But the process of science has revealed a luminous, living planet, more intricate and amazing than we could have ever imagined. Let us embrace the light of life in everyone, kindled over billions of years, and combine our efforts to light a brilliant future.

A print would make a great gift as we celebrate light in these dark winter months đŸ˜‰

Oil, 16 x 12 inches

Wednesday, October 28, 2020


A new painting from a study I posted earlier this year. The "Overview Effect" is a term used to describe a psychological shift common among those who have traveled to space. Seeing the whole Earth from a distance has a tendency to realign ones feeling and priorities in profound ways. If you have a few minutes, Overview, is a great short film on the subject.

"From that distance, my thumb fit over the entire Earth. I realized how insignificant we all are if everything I'd ever known is behind my thumb. When you see Earth from the moon, you realize how fragile it is and just how limited the resources are. We're all astronauts on this spaceship Earth and we have to work and live together.”

- Astronaut Jim Lovell

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena... In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand... the only home we've ever known.”

- Carl Sagan, The Pale Blue Dot

Oasis by Rob Rey -
Oil, 24 x 18 inches