AD noticed that Wing Commander Fleet Action and Action Stations cover artist Paul Alexander's works will be on display at the 69th World Science Fiction Convention Renovation. While not actually attending the convention himself, Paul's art will be on display in the Artist Showcase. The event is being held in Reno, Nevada and runs August 17 to 21. Check out his profile page at the con website here. The Fleet Action art (minus text!) is used on the page, so it seems likely to be an item slated for display. Check out that nifty Action Stations "color study" as well. If anyone can make it to the show, let us know!
Best known for his high-tech illustrations - "one of the top 'gadget' artists currently working in the American paperback market" according to Vincent diFate, 1997), Paul is still 'old school' when it comes to painting - no computers for him!
Although Paul became as proficient at illustrating people as he did machines, it's his machines that fans seem to remember best. Paul always works in gouache on illustration board, using handbrush and airbrush. Paul was featured in DiFate's Infinite Worlds: The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art (1997). Paul's work was also selected for Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Volumes #1-4. While still doing SF art into the 1990s for Baen, most notably David Drake's "Hammer's Slammers" series, and Keith Laumer's "Bolos" series, by the middle of the decade Paul realized that Photoshop has effectively put him back to "square one". He has no use for the "Devil Machine" (aka the computer), and so the commercial part of his art career is behind him, now. He paints for his own enjoyment and occasionally for local church, civic and charitable organizations. He's a member of Mensa, a lover of classical music, a very active Episcopalian, and is a 'rail fan' (and loves painting old trains, too).