Edward Moses is an engineer and physicist. He is the current President of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization. He is a past principal associate director for the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science Directorate, where he led the California-based NIF, the largest experimental science facility in the US and the world’s most energetic laser, that hopes to demonstrate the first feasible example of usable nuclear fusion.

As associate director (AD) for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 2005 to 2007, he was responsible for completing construction and bringing into full operation the world’s largest optical instrument for achieving ignition in the laboratory and for studying inertial fusion energy.

The fusion created when the laser hits its target is similar to the fusion created in the formation of a star. I tell this story with the use of a metaphor, by placing Ed in a nebula, the birthplace of stars. In the background is the Omega or Swan Nebula which is located in Sagittarius. I liked the ghost of a human figure formed by its gases. It suggested to me the interaction and exchange between man and his environment. The figure sits like a constellation in the Universe, his physical nature becoming almost transparent.

The painting is about the human spirit aiming towards the light of one's own vision. I wonder what it is about the human spirit that chooses a path that the body must follow. I think each person's unique path is the metaphor from which their spirit learns.

3 X 4 Acrylic on Canvas "STARMAN"Nova Starling ©2005