Dinah Jasensky is a professional artist and environmental scientist. She paints in oils and acrylics. Her exploration of astronomical themes has led to a new series of paintings. Dinah’s work has been shown in local and national juried art shows. Her scientific illustrations have been published in University Laboratory Manuals, research publications and college teaching materials.
Dinah is a member of Oil Painters of America, the International Society of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), the Portrait Society of America, Arizona Portrait Artists, and the Tucson Plein Air Painters. In 2014, she was awarded second place in the Portrait Artists of Arizona annual competition for her painting “Cactus Rose.” She has been a participant in noted shows, including the Tucson Museum of Art Crush Classic, the UA Lunar and Planetary Lab and Flandrau exhibitions, the Greenhouse Gallery International Salon, National Women Artists, Mountain Oyster Club and the Empire 100 Western Art show, among others. More recently, Dinah’s astronomy art has been on exhibit with IAAA, and is currently showing at Biosphere 2.
I’m lucky to have had careers in art and science. There is a cultural aspect of science and an inquiry side to art. I’ve always felt a profound connection between the two fields I have chosen to study. Scientists and artists both ask the same questions. How do we as humans fit in the natural world? Where are we going and what is it that brings meaning to our lives? How do we see ourselves? The artist and scientist looking across the table are able to see a fresh perspective that enhances their work. That is the interface I want to explore.
In my current work, I am exploring the bridge between art and science. I am interested in finding a way to express complex scientific ideas in two-dimensional form. This serves the dual purpose of communicating these ideas to non-scientists, and giving the scientists involved in my project an external view of their work and a means of personal expression. I am excited to investigate how scientists personally find beauty in the natural world through their processes of scientific inquiry and discovery, and to represent these ideas through art. I hope to communicate these concepts to the general public in a way that they can understand and appreciate.