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My Life in the IAAA

    Title: “Graben on Mars by David A. Hardy” Caption: A scene of a graben on Mars with an approaching dust storm to add drama, and an invented robotic rover, painted in gouache as inspired by a scene in Iceland.     Until the 1980s I was aware of only a few living space artists. The great French astronomer/artist Lucien Rudaux had died in 1947; the British artist Ralph A. Smith, whom I met in the fifties, died in 1959; only the American Chesley Bonestell was alive until 1986, when he passed at 98. I had become aware of other artists and illustrators, all living in the United States, such as Don Davis, Don Dixon, Ron Miller and William K. Hartmann, and around 1970 the Czech artist Ludek Pesek came to prominence in the National Geographic, but in the UK I was effectively a “lone wolf.” It was in 1986 that I saw in the caption to an illustration of a planetary landscape in a magazine a mention of the “International Association of Astronomical Artists” (IAAA). There was an organization for space artists? No Internet existed in those days, but I managed to find out more details, and soon became a member. My illustrated book with Patrick Moore, Challenge of the Stars, had been published in 1972 in the UK and US and in a number of translations, so I quickly found that I was already well known “across the Pond” and welcomed! Title: Thingvellir by David A. Hardy (1988)  Caption: The graben fault... Read More..