Barbara’s painting of the x-43, the fastest aircraft in the world is featured on the National Endowment for the Arts website.


Other mentions of Barbara’s painting in the NASA Art/50 Years exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum read below.

“A few successful works veer away from the amazing visuals of space exploration and focus on the power of these new spacecraft. Barbara Ernst Prey uses brilliantly toned watercolors to create movement for NASA’s X-43, the fastest aircraft in the world. Prey noted at the media preview that she “didn’t know much about NASA or the universe” until she was commissioned for the portrait, and indeed, had to “research the color of the sky” at the altitude the X-43 flies for a true-to-life background. That discovery of the impressive colors of nature and movement of machines comes alive in these works.” -Heather Goss,