October 28th, 2005


Rest in peace, Keith.

Award-winning fantasy artist Keith Parkinson died of complications from leukemia on October 26, four days after his 47th birthday. A service for friends and family will be held on November 1 near his home in southern California.

Keith was one of the greatest fantasy artists of our time. In the five years he spent at TSR, he created dozens of amazing covers for the company's games, magazines, and calendars. As a freelancer, he painted even more award-winning covers for fantasy and science-fiction novels for the top publishers and writers. In 1995, he helped design the Guardians CCG for FPG. More recently, he painted the covers for the best-selling EverQuest computer games. In 2002, he co-founded Sigil Games Online and became the company's art director.

We've lost one of the greats here. Keith's work has influenced and amazed just about anyone who's worked in our industry. His widow Donna has asked that any donations in Keith's memory be made to the the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.