Ali Ries is a 3D digital artist from Salem, Oregon. Coming of age in the NASA era of Gemini and Apollo anchored her artist roots in space. Like many children of the sixties she was mesmerized by Neil Armstrong’s historic first moonwalk, wishing she could be standing beside him in the grand adventure.
Her love for Sci-Fi was handed down from her Mom. Their home was always filled with the latest Sci-Fi adventures. When Star Trek premiered on network television her future was paved with dream of some future in the world of Sci-Fi and Fantasy art or special effects. She would later meet the actors and writers of Star Trek at various fan gatherings.
A career in special effects and the world of science fiction seemed out of reach and Ali became a nurse, but the dream never died. With the proliferation of 3D Art software Ali found a way to express her galactic imagination. With the equivalent of a mental Hubble platform, Ali began creating astronomical starscapes, nebulae and other space scenes as real as the night sky. Today her work is used on book covers, television projects and other media around the world, including the recent SyFy network project, BSG: Blood and Chrome, and the movie “Riddick”.