Over the last few years I’ve watched and enjoyed Kavita’s many Star Trek paintings as they came to life under the command of her paintbrushes. These pieces had always excited and engaged me, and yet I must admit that I was wholly unprepared for the range of emotions and visceral reactions that would be invoked in me as I watch the progress of her “Locutus and The Queen” piece.
The Wrath of Khan, starring William Shatner and the late Ricardo Montalban, is often held to be one of the greatest “hero versus villain” stories ever told in the world of Star Trek. It is a gripping tale of revenge, set against the backdrop of our villain’s quest for power, belief in self-importance, and inability to see beyond himself.
“Every great space program began with art!” Those words grabbed my mind immediately. I’d never considered this concept before yet it seemed rich with insight. The words had just been spoken to me by Rick Sternbach, who had made a trip to my vendor table at Star Trek Las Vegas (STLV) in order to meet me. For those who are not aware, this affable yet impressive artist/illustrator is the very one responsible for a number of starship designs in the universe of Star Trek, including the USS Voyager itself!
Attending a convention was to remain only a dream for me while growing up. Being from an immigrant family came with the experience of having no money to spend on things deemed non-essential. But even if that were not the case, my parents were not supportive of my love of Trek; in fact, they were actively against it. To this day, I’m unsure as to “why” specifically, but it actually angered my parents when I expressed any overt excitement related to the show.
The approval process for collector items with CBS is rigorous and multi-staged. And rightfully so, given the importance of the Star Trek brand to both CBS and fans. Back in February of this year, after completing this long process, I released the Season One Limited Edition prints through Retrospect Studios. The collector prints were incredibly well-received and fans immediately started asking about the future seasons to build their collections. To that end, I decided it was best that I start choosing the Season Two pieces now.