Paintings: Mars

Here are some of my paintings relating to Mars, displayed in reverse chronological order of creation. Click on any one for a larger view.

MARS BASE COMMANDER

(Oil on board, 7 x 5 inches, 2020)

 

As late afternoon fog rolls in, the commander of an early Mars base pauses to look at the Martian landscape and the base's installations on the vast canyon floor. Who will he or she be?...

 

The nuclear powerplant in the foreground is located some distance away from the base, behind a large rocky outcrop, to shield the base from the reactor's radiation.

 

In the distance, a SpaceX Starship stands at the newly established launch and landing pad. The pad is located a few kilometers away from the base and over a hill to protect the base from rocket exhaust sandblasting during Starship liftoffs and landings.

 

MARS ASTRONAUT

(Oil on board, 11 x 14 inches, 2020)

 

A Mars astronaut returns to base by ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) at the end of a long day of gritty fieldwork. Name tag left blank. Who will he or she be?...

 

MARS CAVERS

(Oil on board, 17.5 x 12 inches, 2019)

 

Astronauts explore a large pit crater on Mars and discover what might be extant life in ice at the edge of an underground rock glacier. Based on the Jeanne Pit on Arsia Mons, Mars, and our journey into Lofthellir Lava Tube Ice Cave, Iceland.

 

A TESLA ROADSTER DRIFTS BY MARS

(Oil on board, 10 x 8 inches, 2019)

SOLD

 

Some time in the distant future, Starman in his Tesla Roadster, bleached by radiation and dinged with a few impact craters, tumbles past Mars in the silence of deep space...

 

ABOVE MARS

Mars Transfer Vehicle Stabilized by Gravity Gradient in Mars Orbit

(Oil on board, 11 x 14 inches, 2019)

SOLD

 

Painting depicting a Mars Transfer Vehicle (MTV) in orbit above Mars, stabilized by gravity gradient. By pointing its long axis towards Mars, the MTV is able to remain stably parked in Mars orbit and save on attitude control fuel.

 

ARRIVAL AT MARS - NOCTIS LANDING IN SIGHT

(Oil on board, 20 x 16 inches, 2018)

 

Painting depicting a Mars Transfer Vehicle arriving at the Red Planet, with its two small moons, Phobos and Deimos, in view. The Noctis Landing human landing site at the west end of Valles Marineris is also in sight.

 

THE MARTIAN SYSTEM

(Oil on board, 10 x 8 inches, 2018)

SOLD

 

Painting depicting Mars and its two small moons, Phobos and Deimos.

 

HUMAN EXPLORATION OF DEIMOS - VENTURING OUT

(Oil on board, 8 x 6 inches, 2018)

 

Painting depicting the human exploration of Mars' outer moon, Deimos. Astronauts use jetpacks to examine a boulder near the North Pole of Deimos.

 

HUMAN EXPLORATION OF PHOBOS - ON THE RIM OF LIMTOC

(Oil on board, 15 x 16 inches, 2018)

 

Painting depicting the human exploration of Mars' inner moon, Phobos. Astronauts use jetpacks to examine a giant boulder on the rim of Limtoc Crater in Stickney Crater on Phobos.

 

MARS ATTACK

(Oil on board, 8 x 10 inches, 2014)

 

Painting commissioned as cover art for the sci-fi novel "The Greater Good" by Scott N. Giarman.

 

MARS DUST STORM

(Oil on board, 24 x 13 inches, 2013)

 

A massive dust storm approaches a human landing site on Mars.

 

HUMAN EXPLORATION OF DEIMOS

(Oil on board, 8 x 10 inches, 2012)

SOLD

 

Painting depicting the human exploration of Mars's outer moon, Deimos.

 

 

PRESSURIZED ROVER ON MARS

(Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 12 inches, 2011)

 

Painting depicting a pressurized rover exploring the Valles Marineris canyon system on Mars.

 

 

NORTH POLE OF PHOBOS

(Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, 2011)

 

Painting depicting a view of Mars from the North Pole of the planet's dark inner moon, Phobos.

 

 

ARRIVAL AT PHOBOS

(Acrylic on board, 16 x 20 inches, 2011)

 

Painting depicting a hybrid nuclear and solar powered spacecraft in orbit around Mars, as seen from its inner moon, Phobos.

 

 

MARS FROM DEIMOS

(Acrylic on board, 20 x 16 inches, 2010)

 

Painting depicting Mars as seen from the dark surface of its outer moon, Deimos.

 

 

 

HUMANS EXPLORE PHOBOS

(Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 2008)

 

Painting depicting the human exploration of Mars's inner moon, Phobos. Spacecraft is a nuclear thermal rocket.

 

 

MARS MOBILITY SYSTEMS

(Acrylic on board, 11.5 x 9 inches, 2004)

 

Painting depicting a human mission to Valles Marineris on Mars and the use of a pressurized rover and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) as surface mobility systems.

 

 

MARS RETURN JOURNEY

(Acrylic on board, 8 x 5 inches, 2004)

SOLD

 

Painting depicting a nuclear thermal rocket departing Mars on its return journey to Earth.

 

 

MARS FROM DEIMOS

(Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 2003)

 

Painting depicting Mars as seen from the vicinity of its outer moon, Deimos.

 

 

FLASHLINE ON MARS

(Watercolor and ink, 12 x 9 inches, 2001)

 

Painting depicting the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station imagined on Mars. Painting executed inside the FMARS on Devon Island, Arctic, on 28 July 2001.

 

 

 

THE HAB WAS VISIBLE IN THE DISTANCE

(Watercolor, 7 x 5 inches, 2000)

 

Painting depicting a pressurized rover equipped with a tethered balloon returning to the expedition's habitat on the floor of Valles Marineris on Mars.