Vess paints beautiful pastoral scenes and is a master at rendering and painting fantastic trees. The skies and cloud formations he draws and paints have such beautiful and delicate atmospheres and moods. There is a great feeling of movement as well, present in all his work.
Charles Vess’ latest major project is The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, written by Ursula K. Le Guin. Sadly, she passed away on January 22nd, 2018, at the age of 88, very shortly before its publication. Vess created 56 illustrations over a span of 4 years for this massive volume, which was released in bookstores on October 30th, 2018.
Second to my faith in God, Charles Vess was the only artist whose work saw me through a great trial in my younger years — a great escape indeed!