Tom Momary

I like to say that i'm "bi-brained" - both an artist and a scientist. My primary focus is space art, pulp art, and corporate logo design. In addition, my creative specialties include concept art, illustration, matte painting, CG animation, sound design/music, and writing. My work is all about fun and exploring the unknown and so is my downtime! I'm always either chasing adventures, traveling (my home away from home is Australia) or trying something new. I play drums and alto sax, read like crazy, write/blog, play chef at night, am a diehard Lakers fan, do freelance artwork and photography. I work primarily in oils and pastels or in digital media. For my CG space and effects work, I use Lightwave primarily.

I studied physics at UCSD and did my graduate work in planetary astronomy at UCLA, also earning a degree in graphic arts and animation at UCLA. I've been privileged to spend the last 20 years exploring space for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, providing science and science visualization/PR support for the Cassini mission currently orbiting Saturn, as well as being involved in the Galileo Mission, Venus Express, New Horizons, groundbased and Hubble studies of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, the moons of Saturn, and the search for and characterization of exoplanetary systems (FINESSE). I'm a member of the American Astronomical Society, Division for Planetary Sciences and the Planetary Society. I've authored or co-authored quite a few abstracts and peer-reviewed papers, discovered (and named) the String of Pearls feature on Saturn, and have been awarded the NASA Group Achievement Award for the Cassini Flight Team and the JPL Outstanding Accomplishment Award. Needless to say, I'm pretty passionate about exploration! And I deeply believe, to paraphrase JFK, that this nation's destiny lies over the wall of space (and we have no choice but to follow it).

My inspirations are the builders of dreams. People such as Chesley Bonestell, Carl Sagan, Gene Roddenberry, Walt Disney, Jim Henson, JK Rowling, Charles Schulz, Thomas Paine...the kind of people who dream the impossible. And then go and build it.




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