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Former NASA rocket scientist Kirk Bradley showing artwork at Eagle-Vail MedSpa

Laura Bell
Special to the Daily

Receiving downloads from the universe — and not the internet — Kirk Bradley is a former NASA rocket scientist, current water treatment specialist and an artist who incorporates images such as Nikola Tesla, the moon landing, fairies and the Colorado Rockies in his diverse and colorful work.

As artist-in-residence at Eagle-Vail MedSpa, Bradley's work will be on display and for sale during business hours. MedSpa is located at 101 Eagle Road, Building 6, in Eagle-Vail.

Bradley sees in 3D and casually drops Google-worthy words such as panspermia (the theory that life on Earth originated from microorganisms or chemical precursors of life present in outer space and able to initiate life by reaching a suitable environment) and X-30 NASP (an advanced technology demonstrator project for NASA) into everyday conversation.

'Time to reflect'

His goal is to spread positive energy through art or water or whatever way possible. In 2011, he wanted to help soldiers in Afghanistan. Noting that he was "too old to join the military," he volunteered his services as a water quality specialists so the troops could have safe water.

"I volunteered to go on every dangerous job where water treatment plants were blown up," Bradley said, casually. "There was incoming every day. People turn to vapor right in front of you. Bombs were dropped less than 15 feet away from me. When you are around that on a daily basis … it does something to you. The planet was just angry over there. You could feel it in the earth. And you had to be angry just to stay alive."

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After one close call, Bradley realized something was wrong with his hearing. He lost 50 percent of his hearing and was sent home. In addition, he developed post traumatic stress disorder.

"I came home and just bummed around and hiked for a while. I was jumpy and skittish and one thing that helped was oil painting," he said. "I had time to reflect and figure out what matters in this world and wonder every day, 'am I going to make it through the day?'"

Bradley believes the universe has a lot to teach people.

"There is a pool of knowledge that is somehow out there and everybody has access to it," he said. "I receive information all the time, whether I was working for NASA, developing water technology (he holds four U.S. patents and is working on a fifth) or painting. We only see 5 percent of the unobservable universe. And Colorado is a magical place. This is why Tesla chose to come here and build his lab here. The mountains here have incredible energy."

Images in art

"Colorful Colorado," one of Bradley's most popular paintings, at first glance looks to be a colorful mosaic surrounding the beauty of the area. But after studying it for a while hidden figures emerge, Neil (Armstrong) and fellow aerospace pioneers, X-30 Space Plane, Tesla in his lab, osprey tapping energy of an advanced propulsion system, Red Rocks National Park, a Native American transitioning into an eagle and other objects. "The Creation Garden" has owls, dogs, eagles and an image of Bradley's wife, whom he says helps keeps him grounded.

These paintings are made with crushed crystals and depending on the way the light hits the image, the visual changes.

"I will lose track of all time and paint for 16 or 20 hours a day and my wife will come into the studio and bring me something to eat or drink and then remind me that it is time to stop," he laughed. "Whether it is creating clean water or designing a propulsion rocket or painting, I get carried away."

Rocket man

Bradley's love for painting began around the same time he developed a passion for rockets, or rather building a rocket fortress in his backyard. Following the moon landing, he and a friend camped out for three days pretending they were in a shuttle. This same friend also went on to work for NASA.

When Bradley was 7, his father came home with a set of encyclopedias. By his own account, Bradley couldn't wait to come home from school and start reading the books from A to Z and reproducing images he found in the lengthy tomes. And, yes, he did finish reading all 26 volumes.

He went to college to study geology and when he found out the local sewer plant was looking for a water quality specialist, he applied. He designed his first waste water plant, worked there full time and completed his degree when he was 25.

However, he never lost his interest in aerospace and left his secure job, moved to California and started working as a carpenter at Marquardt Corps., an aeronautical engineering firm that developed the ramjet (compression) engine.

"I got in through the back door," he laughed. "I got to remodel all the vice president's offices and sort of snuck around. One day I raised my hand and said, 'I'm an engineer, too.' Four months later, I was a senior rocket test engineer. I know there are rockets that can go to the moon in less than three days because I helped build them," he said with no trace of bravado. He shrugged off these and other accomplishments, "We all have stories and things we've been through."

And those ideas too were downloaded from the universe.

About MedSpa

“I chose the name MedSpa because MedSpas represent one of the nation’s fastest growing industries,” said holistic health and wellness practitioner Sheila Seppi. “The services we and other MedSpa’s offer are designed to allow clients new technologies that serve multiple audiences to make them feel and look younger and to improve the quality of their lives. The Eagle-Vail MedSpa is the place for people to experience physical enhancements, emotional releases, self-improvement opportunities, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual rejuvenation.”

MedSpa has dedicated one room as an open healing space that can be rented by the hour to allow developing practitioners a location in which to practice.

Other practitioners include: Debra Santi and Jason Lightfoot offering acupuncture and cupping; Alexandra Baxter providing Reiki sessions; Denise Newton of NuU, which is a weight loss and skin tightening procedure that shows results within two hours; and massage therapists.

The current hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend hours will be added in the future.

For more information, email sheila@SpiritWayWellness.com, call 970-763-5689 or visit http://www.SpiritWayWellness.com. MedSpa is located at at 101 Eagle Road, Building 6, in Eagle Vail.