Former Lab Employee Featured in New Book on ‘Women in Space’ February 10, 2004
Astronomically-inspired landscapes have always captured the imagination
of Julie Rodriguez Jones, an artist and longtime Lab employee who was recently
selected as one of 100 women to be featured in a newly released book entitled
“Women Of Space: Cool Careers On The Final Frontier.”
“Science in general and astronomy in particular are metaphors for the vision and
exploration into the unknown,” said Jones a few years ago, when her art was
among the winning entries exhibited in a prestigious New York gallery show.
Her work has continued to capture the imagination of scientists and artists
alike ever since.
Jones left a 30-year career at the Lab in 2003 to resume her art career. She began her
employment at the Lab in 1971 as a research technician in the Physics Division and
later moved to Operations in 1978. Her interest in astronomy, however, goes back
to when she was a young girl, Jones recalls.
Although inspired by real space images, such as those sent back by the Hubble Telescope, her work integrates web and software media to produce her own unique style of imagery. She explains that she “paints” using a mouse-controlled airbrush in Adobe Photoshop. Her art emphasizes space images such as supernova, nebula, and planets, and has received a variety of awards and honors.
Inclusion in “Women of Space” is especially meaningful to Jones. “I hope that this book will inspire young women to pursue a variety of space related careers,” she said. “From my own second career I hope to remind women that it is never too late to pursue one’s passion.”
Jones’ artwork can be viewed online at www.artsoul.homestead.com/AstronomicalArt.html.