24" x 18" Oil on Canvasboard ©1978 Don Maitz
Since the 1970's Don Maitz created countless fantasy and sci-fi illustrations for book covers, album covers, commission, and advertising. His most widely viewed illustration is no doubt the captain on bottles of Captain Morgan Rum. I'm sharing his work this week because I believe this is were my interest in art all began. Some of my earliest memories I have, from when I was one to two years old, were of his illustrations in his book First Maitz. I would sit and flip through pages of wizards, mythical creatures, fantasy landscapes, and characters. I've always taken an interest in fantasy and sci-fi art and character designs throughout my life. His oil and acrylic paintings were the first thing that exposed me to this side of art, and it left a deep impression on my life. Now I'm at an art school studying illustration. My goals for the future are fairly open. I'm happy with either freelancing or working with a team of designers, but one day I would like to work with a team of concept artists for the movie and gaming industry.