The artwork depicts a dramatic interpretation of Apollo 15 astronaut, Al Worden, who was the first deep-space extravehicular (EVA), holding the record to float in space farthest from Earth than any other human.
Michelle's Thoughts: The NASA archives have some of the most historic EVA images captured. Studying all the Apollo missions, who walked on the moon and who didn’t, I wanted to create a painting like no other. Al Worden’s EVA captured one freeze frame and unfortunately of his backside. My design started in January 2019 but soon learned how complex this painting became. I felt a duty to honor him with a full front cameo shot, like an astronaut posing for a close up and feeling the excitement of floating in space. In July 2019 during the Apollo 15 50th Anniversary, Al examined all the completed artwork and offered great critiques. The painting I showed had some flaws that could not be corrected. When I returned home, I knew that I had to make it bigger and better, scrumming with my Space Hipsters to get the finite details. Pierre Mion, who worked alongside Norman Rockwell, created an impressive piece, titled The EVA of Astronaut James Irwin. It holds another title Apollo XV EVA, with Al Worden showing Jim Irwin’s reflective visor. I wanted to honor my hero, Al Worden with his Guinness World Record for his achievement of being the 'First Spacewalk in Deep Space.'