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Roy Crawford Smith

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Drawing has always been the staple of many an artist and I have certainly been no exception.  I began drawing on my father's back at the age of three, and still like to draw in my spare time. My creative drawings may be the result of an idea, live subject/event, or stream of consciousness (doodle). Occasionally they become the prototype for a painting.

Space art is a relatively new genre of artistic expression depicting the marvels of the cosmos. Arguably, the father of the space art genre is Chesley Bonestelle, and his premier protege, Donald E. Davis, with whom I had the honor of attending High School art classes.  My space art work is highly derivitive of images from the Hubble Space telescope which was launched into orbit in 1990. In my capacity as test engineer, I had the unique priviledge of testing some of  the electronics that went into the Hubble's Science Instrument Command and Data Handling unit (SIC&DH), which helps command the science instruments and control the flow of data within the telescope.

Traditional art is here defined as historical art forms.  We know for example that plein aire painting evolved out of the Impressionist movement in the late 19nth century, and Art Deco from the arts d√©coratifs movement in the beginning of the 20th century.  Art movements give birth to new art movements and so has art evolved to what it is today.

The American Visionary Art Museum defines visionary art as "....art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself."  My association with Rassouli and his Fusionart movement began in 2006 and continues until today.  I have a fusionartist webpage Here.  More recently I have been working with visionary artist/actor Leigh McCloskey.   Like these great artists, It is my conviction that true visionary art flows spontaneously from the heart, rather than the rational mind.