I've spent the better part of 20 years working in the professional art industry, first in fine art, then graphics. The last 10 have been digital, mainly in video games. I'm now very focused on matte paintings and concepts. This is my first official matte painting. It's based on a level design I created years ago, a mission to an alien world to destroy a doomsday type weapon. Normally a lens flare is a kiss of death, but I was referred to the machine in the movie Contact, and found that it was a good look for what I was going for.