Rowena Morril is better known as just Rowena. She is one of the best known names in the world of science-fiction and fantasy illustration. During a career that has spanned over two decades, her paintings have appeared on hundreds of book covers, on calendars, portfolios, trading cards and in magazines such as Playboy and Omni. Books of her own work have included The Fantastic Art of Rowena, Imagine (in France), Imagination (in Germany), and The Art of Rowena. She has also been included in many anthologies, such as, Tomorrow and Beyond and Infinite Worlds. Rowena began her career in New York City where she lived for sixteen years. She presently lives in upstate New York gaining creative inspiration from the beautiful countryside. Rowena did several covers of Anne McCaffrey books. In the Pern series she made art for all three Harper Hall trilogy volumes when they were reprinted by Bantam (after the Malczynski covers) and the cover for The Dolphins of Pern. She also did the art for the US editions of Crystal Singer (paperback) and Crustal Line (hardcover and paperback) and she is also responsible for the cover art of the three volmes in the Petaybee trilogy: Powers That Be, Power Lines and Power Play. One of her most beautiful Anne McCaffrey related pieces is the art she did for the front cover of Todd McCaffrey's biography of his mother Dragonholder.

Original cover art for the book Dragonsong, depicting Menolly with her fair of firelizards at the Dragonstones near Half Circle Sea Hold. In the background we see Threadfighting dragons, so this is a combination of two scenes: Menolly Impressing nine firelizards (one gold, two bronze, three brown, one blue and two green) and Menolly trying to outrun the leading edge of Threadfall.

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"Don't leave me alone" or "A cry in the night" could both be the title of this covert art for the book Dragonsinger. It shows us Menolly in her apprentice cot being awakened by Brekke's cry for F'nor and his faithful brown dragon Canth, falling from the skies back to Pern after trying to investigate the Red Star. In the background, outside the window we see Canth and F'nor plummeting towards the surface. The scene is lit by warm glowlight and in the cot we see (traditional) sleeping furs, an instrment and agitated firelizards.

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The cover art for Dragondrums shows us (a rather old?) Piemur, hitting drums somewhere on the Southern continent, with his gold firelizard Farli on his shoulder. I love the detail in this painting, especially Piemur's clothing (correct or not) which shows leather boots with decorations on the foot, brown (leather) trousers with a button fly, heavy leather belt with heavy stitchwork and fancy copper buckle and white, open tunic with red embroidery. The only questions is: where's the Harper blue? We also see dragons coming in, in the background.

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After the Harper Hall trilogy Rowena apparently wasn't asked to do more Pern cover artwork until 1994 when she did the artwork for the US edition of The Dolphins of Pern. The scene takes place just off the shore of the southern continent and shows us Readis holding the fin of a dolphin with bronze Gadareth and his rider T'lion, another dolphin enthusiast, beside them, frolicking in the water. A wonderful scene that shows much joy and pleasure.

This piece of art was also used for the dustjacket of Robin Roberts' wonderful and extensive biography: Anne McCaffrey. A Life with Dragons, which was published in 2007.

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Strictly speaking this isn't Pern art but we could hardly leave this fantastic piece out of the Pern Museum and Archives exhibition. It is the cover art for Todd McCaffrey's book Dragonholder (1999), the biography of his mother, dragonlady Anne McCaffrey. And what a wonderful scene it is, with Jaxom (reportedly a character modelled after the author of this biography) and his white dragon Ruth on the left on the rock and the dragonlady herself with a just landing firelizard on her right hand, looking gorgeous in her simple blue gown with a pearl necklace and earrings.

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