Pat Rawlings is a very well known space artist. He has painted many scenes of human exploration on the moon, Mars, and deep space. His paintings of space scenes have been used in various studies by NASA and other organizations (Lockheed, McDonnell-Douglas, Wyle Laboratories) and have appeared in many books. Pat Rawlings has been doing NASA art for 17 years and has become one of the most popular artists in the world of aerospace. His artworks are seen in a huge number of publications and these can also be found in collections around the world, but are most often only credited "courtesy of NASA".
Pat Rawlings creates images based on scientific and technical themes that appeal to both rocket scientists and regular folk. His extraterrestrial "snapshots" of future events give viewers a sense of "being there" as explorers hop from one world to the next using the best technology of the 21st century. Rawlings' desire to travel in space and time motivate him to make scenes as accurate as possible. After consulting with numerous space experts around the country, he uses hand-built and computer models, topographical maps, and space and family vacation photos to mentally create his worlds. "Space art", says the artist, "provides me with an excuse to talk to some of the most interesting people in the country, build minature models of space ships, and then sit in my studio painting or working on the computer for hours while listening to movie soundtracks and classical music".
Below is a selection of some of his countless artworks (from Space.com). You can click on images for a much larger version.
Note: All artwork and images copyright © Pat Rawlings. Please do not use images without the permission of the artist.
Official Pat Rawlings website
Pat Rawlings and his Cosmic Canvas. August 1, 2004, by Bill Cawthon.
Pat Rawlings at Novaspace