From The Art of Michael Whelan:
"Some paintings are fondly remembered because the simple act of creation was so enjoyable. This cover art for Tanith Lee's novel Red As Blood is one of those paintings. I regret selling the painting. There are collectors out there who I strongly suspect are psychic. They always manage to call me with offers to buy art on days when I am feeling down on my work, and I foolishly let some piece or another go because I'm tired of looking at it. Then I find I miss it. If I hadn't started using an answering machine, I might not still own any of my work."