Michael Whelan had rocketships flying over his house when he was a toddler.
His father worked for the aerospace industry, so he always lived near airbases and got to see things—like rocket launches—that most of us only saw in grainy black and white.
If rockets weren’t flying directly over his house, they should have been.
Michael excelled from the beginning. He sold every piece of art he took to his first World Con. He’ll tell you that that’s because they were all priced under $20, but you know that they were probably also beautiful, thoughtful pieces.