Ad Astra Per Aspera

February 1, 2022

Size (h w d): 48 x 36 x 1.5 in
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas
Status: Available
Price: $2500

"This idea came from a photo of my wife in Idaho Springs, Colorado," says Bryce. "It's from the same day that I had the dream that inspired the painting 'The Dream in Idaho Springs.' She was wearing a Kinfolk Created shirt with the Kansas state motto of 'ad astra per aspera,' which means 'to the stars through difficulties.'

"I thought about her floating up to the stars, leaving just one piece behind. Her shirt, bag, watch, and even engagement ring are going with her into space. But her hat is tumbling back to Earth. Ad astra per aspera. Anything worth achieving has to take us through difficulties. If it was just handed to us, we didn't really achieve anything."

Note the constellation of Centaurus in the piece. That constellation was chosen because one of its stars, Proxima Centauri, is the closest star to Earth (not counting the Sun), and is the most likely first star mankind would visit as it is only 4.25 light years away, and there is a planet within the habitable zone circling the star.

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