“As I began painting I wanted this to be the best painting of Earth I have ever done. This was not an unusual thought, as right from my first painting long ago, my goal for every single painting has been to create the best painting possible with my knowledge and skills.
As I painted along, a new thought entered my head: I want this painting of our planet Earth to be the most beautiful that can ever be painted. As the centuries unfold, long after I’m gone, other artists will venture far enough into space to see the Earth as I have seen it, and they, too, will be inspired to paint it.
Can I do it? Can I make this painting — and those that follow — the most beautiful planetscapes of Earth that can ever be painted, like Monet’s water lilies, or Degas’ ballerinas? I do not know, but I will give it my very best shot. You and future humans will be the judges.”