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Born in Radford, VA in 1966, Aron started
drawing portraits when he was 10 years old.
Aron’s interest in art led him to pursue his
bachelor’s degree in illustration from Virginia
Commonwealth University, and it was while
Aron was at VCU that he created the pen and
ink series titled “Danville Profiles.” Following
his graduation from VCU in 1984, Aron worked
in numerous commercial art fields, including
printing, comic strips, and airbrushing. His
knowledge of airbrushing later led Aron to
paint motorcycles before moving into the
world of tattoo art. In 1995, he opened Harry’s
Tattoo Shop on Westover Drive in Danville.
Outside of his career as a tattoo artist, Aron
continues to paint and draw in multiple
mediums, and he credits music as being “a vital
inspiration in his work.” In fact, Aron’s love of
music spawned a series of portraits of iconic
musical artists, which will be on display in the
Museum's Boatwright Gallery the spring and summer of 2008.1

 Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Harry Aron: Rhythmic Icons. Retrieved November 1, 2009 from
Keith Parkinson

From a very young age, Keith had an interest in the arts. Inspired by the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, he
started painting sweeping landscapes occupied by fearsome monsters during high school. Upon
graduating from Kendall School of Design in 1980, Keith took a staff artist position for a company that
printed and generated art for the pinball and arcade video industry.

Keith later took a job with the publishers of the popular Dungeons & Dragons role playing game. During
a five year stint as a staff artist he contributed to a wide variety of projects, ranging from book and
magazine covers to calendars to game boxes and modules. With the help of his realistic, yet fantastic
style, they all became best sellers. The next seven years were spent primarily doing book covers for the
New York publishing market (including Lord Soth’s Charge, pictured below).

In 1995, Keith created a collectable card game called Guardians, and he also released his first art book
entitled "Knightsbridge: The Art of Keith Parkinson." In 2000, Keith began devoting more time to the
software industry, producing art for the hugely popular EverQuest online game by Sony Online
Entertainment. In April of 2002, Keith moved to San Diego to found Sigil Games Online; he created and
maintained the overall style of the game, contributed to in-house concept art, in-game art, posters and
promotional material.

During his life, Keith traveled the world many times over. He explored castles across Europe, camped in
the deserts of Kenya and wandered the busy streets of Hong Kong but his favourite place to be was
always at home surrounded by friends, family, and of course, lots of paint. After a lengthy struggle with
illness, Keith passed away on October 26, 2005. He was 47 years old.2

Cover art for Lord Soth’s Charge, by Keith Parkinson

    Keith Parkinson Online. Biography. Retrieved September 20, 2011 from http://www.keithparkinson.com/bio.php

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