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The Science of Art

By Hana Frenette

The life of an artist and that of a chemist might not seem like an easily unified thing, but Doug Craft is joining the two seamlessly.

Craft recently returned to Pensacola after a 34-year career as an environmental chemist in Colorado.

“I worked in an analytical testing lab for the Bureau of Reclamation, a federal department of the Interior Agency, and did research on trace metal chemistry and water quality in lakes and reservoirs,” Craft said.

Craft continued to make art while in Colorado as he did in the early ‘70s when he attended UWF. One thing inspired the next and aspects from each sect of his life were interchanged and used alongside the other.

“Science is a methodology for describing cause and effect in nature,” Craft said. “If it is done with the correct intention, it is a creative vocation just like visual art or music.”

Scientific methods or mathematical variations can be used as an aid in formulating a picture or representing something the same way a photograph or a painting sometimes can.

Craft often uses what is called “Divine Geometry,” or the “Golden Ratio,” in his art, and will be giving several lectures on the technical and scientific aspects of each and the way they are brought about in his work.

“The Golden Ratio is an irrational number, an infinite non-repeating decimal, equal to 0.61803,” Craft said. “It appears throughout nature at many different scales and is one of the fundamental proportionality constants of physical matter and living things.”

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