Joe Bergeron's artwork is richly influenced by his three decades as an amateur astronomer, which began when he was a youth in upstate New York and taught himself the constellations using a cardboard star wheel.
His first forays into art consisted of drawing superheroes, but he taught himself to paint when he got a summer job at a planetarium. Soon he was selling paintings and drawings at science fiction art shows, and he eventualy illustrated various sci fi books and magazines, including titles by luminaries like Isaac Asimov and Piers Anthony.
Joe's restlessness eventually led him to make a series of trips to the West. While living a semi-hermitlike existence in the Mojave Desert, he was tracked down by Time-Life Books and asked to do illustrations for the series, Voyage Through the Universe.
For many years, Joe has split his time between the remote southern Sierra Mountains of California and upstate New York. His artwork includes wildlife, landscapes, fantasy and figures, blending his love of astronomy with interests in nature, mythology, archaeology, wildlife and mysticism. A multi-talented individual, Joe is also a writer who's penned six sci fi novels (and counting) as well as a childen's book, Cosmic Cat.
Fountains of Triton
This large moon of Neptune is surprisingly active for such a cold body.
Supernova in M83
A massive star goes bang in a spiral arm of the galaxy Messier 83. The vantage point here is a planet in a dwarf galaxy near the big one.
Saturn Ring Particles
A view from the interior of the rings of Saturn reveals some of the innumerable ice particles which make them up. This is a new version of an old image Joe made for Time-Life Books.
To see more of Joe's spectacular work, hop on the spaceship for a ride to his website
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