I am a physicist, photographer, and wilderness explorer. In my laboratory we create conditions that exist in cosmic objects: stellar interiors, black hole accretion disks, and white dwarf photospheres. I study the light emitted and absorbed by the exotic atoms that dwell there. My art is also focused on light, but with the intent of examining and communicating emotions. For me, both art and science rely on the same creativity. I wonder: Where does it come from?