I liked the idea of making worlds that were real, virtual and imaginary. So I began 3D modeling terrains. then I started to think about painting them, I knew I wanted a feeling of timelessness.
I researched painting techniques from Maxfield Parrish's glaze techniques to early antiquity. Borrowing and adapting these old techniques. I created a process I call Polished Oil Painting. The process is additive and subtractive and takes time to build the surface. I sand or polish the surface between applying paint. Building up layers of transparent or semi transparent color.
In 1909 biologist Jakob von Uexküll used the term umwelt to describe the phenomena of perception being species-specific. That was the inspiration beh8nd the name of the series. The paintings are perceptive multistable illusions. Toggling between exoplanet landscapes and OP Art illusions. They are not passive but need active involvement exercising the viewers' perceptive faculties.