Ad Astra Per Aspera
February 1, 2022
Size (h w d): 48 x 36 x 1.5 in
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas
"The concept for this painting came from a photo of my wife in Idaho Springs, Colorado," says Bryce. "The photo was taken the same day I had the dream that inspired 'The Dream in Idaho Springs.' She was wearing a t-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."
The constellation of Centaurus appears because one of its stars, Proxima Centauri, is the closest star to Earth (not counting the Sun). At only 4.25 light years away and with at least one potentially habitable planet, it could be the first exoplanetary system humans visit. To the stars through difficulties.