I find it powerful and ever so beautiful.
It is just one of dozens of book cover paintings by British artist Bruce Pennington, who was born in Somerset in 1944.
Although he worked for several publishers, the work here was for New English Library in the 70's.
The artist's facility with color, exacting detail, and speculative subject matter contains echoes of the Golden Age pulp covers of Astounding Stories and Weird Tales.
Pennington has retired from commercial illustration.
On his official website, his demeanor is described as "cheerfully optimistic".