Keith Parkinson, 1958-2005


At 10:42 PM, Blogger ec said...

I met Keith Parkinson several years ago in Denver, at a small con for which we were the author and artist guests, respectively. Over the years we ran into each other at cons. I can't say I knew him well, but one moment defines my impression of the man. He'd mentioned that his family had moved, and the area was one with which I'm familiar. I commented that the quality of light there was remarkable, which is, I suppose, an odd comment for a non-artist to make, but I've always been fascinated by the play of light and color in various environments. His face lit up with pleasure and he avidly agreed. I was struck by the sheer enjoyment this thought seemed to bring him. Few of us bring so much to our chosen profession--which probably explains why his accomplishments were so remarkable.

At 1:26 AM, Blogger SnakeOil Sage said...

Growing up, his style was what I always attributed to fantasy. Looking at it these days you can almost believe he was strolling through the woods near his home and happened upon a group of lost orcs or a knight riding a dragon, and they paused to let him paint their picture.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Jeff LaSala said...

Yup. Keith Parkinson and Larry Elmore are pretty much the visual backbone of my early fantasy exposure. Amazing stuff.

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Silverfyre said...

Amen to such praise to such a great artist and man.

You will be missed.


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