Winner of Sir Arthur Clarke Award for 'Best Written
of Space being quite successful, Dragon's World asked me what I would
like to do next...
Having always been interested in and fascinated by volcanoes
(which, as you can see elsewhere on this site, feature quite heavily in
the places I visit, with and without the IAAA), I suggested a book on
that subject, but illustrated entirely with my paintings ~ no photographs.
Books on volcanoes usually feature the same, black-and-white
photos, because there was only time for one to be taken before the
ran for his/her life! I can interpret those, add colour, weather,
lighting effects. I asked Dr John Murray of the Open University to
write the text,
and so The Fires Within was born.
Above: Mount Erebus, the Antarctic volcano (my wife Ruth's favourite).
Not so idyllic: Vesuvius, as it appeared in AD 79
according to a computer simulation.
This one's called 'Measuring Etna'.
I produced this diagram showing the plumbing system
of various types of volcano for my book with Dr John Murray, The
Fires Within: Volcanoes on Earth and Other Planets (Dragon's World,
Kilauea on Hawaii is at the top: Mt Etna is at centre,
and Krafla, Iceland (note the lava dome) is at bottom.
This painting from The Fires Within shows the volcano
Helgafell threatening the fishing port of Heimaey on Vestmannaeyjar, off
the south coast of Iceland, in 1973. The lava flows were limited by using
The originals of this and 'Measuring Etna' (above), among others, are
available for sale.
A cutaway showing the convection currents inside the
Earth which led to the movements of plates and consequent volcanic activity.