I can’t find any information on this image, but it has all the earmarks of a Danny Flynn painting.
Edit: It’s actually by Michael Böhme.
“Taking the Bridge” by Jesse Mead.
The Horsehead Nebula (Index Catalogue 434), a long-time favorite of space artists, serves as the backdrop to the cover art for Ancient Shores by Jack McDevitt, painted by Jim Burns. The nebula’s red and purple hues are echoed in the vegetation in the foreground. I scanned this from Fantasy Art Masters by Dick Jude, in which Burns describes the painting as “an exercise in deliberately ditching self-restraint with regard to color.”
This seems to be inspired by the Terran Trade Authority books (the lettering on the hull reads “TTA-SOL-1”), and possibly a video game controller. If anyone knows the artist, please reblog with info.
Cover art by Jeffrey Ridge for Starliners by Stewart Cowley (top) and concept art by Chris Foss for the movie Dune (bottom).
I can’t figure out why Tumblr is cropping out the bottom of the second image, but if you fullview it it looks fine.