The Borisography: S

Sabre-Toothed Tiger (1993)
Danzka Vodka, Boris Vallejo B4.08 Apparently an advertising image for Danzka Danish Vodka.
Sabretooth (1996)
Sabretooth, Boris Vallejo MM96.P4
Titans.156
Yet another painting for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set (it is a BIG set!)
Sachmet (1990)
Sachmet, Boris Vallejo B2.32
BoB.66
1991-Centre
Painted for the 1991 Mythology Calendar.
The Sack (BJ)
The Sack, Boris & Julie One of a series of fantasy (American) football related paintings that appeared on Boris's and Julie's old Imaginistix web site.

See The Colisseum for a list of the other paintings.

Sad Victory (2007)
Sad Victory, Boris Vallejo 2009-May A painting from the 2009 Fantasy Calendar.
Sagittarius, the Archer (1987)
Sagittarius, the Archer, Boris Vallejo B1.14
B2.P5
CD1
FPG.33
Portfolio 5
1988-Dec
One of the images for the 1988 Zodiac Calendar.
St Louis Rams and Budweiser
St Louis Rams and Budweiser, Boris Vallejo An advertising piece painted circa 1995.
Sailing (2004)
Sailing, Boris Vallejo 2005-Apr A painting from the 2005 Fantasy Calendar.
Salmon
Salmon, Boris Vallejo A pen and ink illustration for one of Julie Bell's blog posts, this time about their Thanksgiving meal. Neither of them eat meat "…from creatures that have legs or wings," so fish features highly in their diet.

For those of you interested in Julie's recipe for Broiled Salmon with Miso Tahini sauce, the original post can be seen here.

Sam and Harry (2012) (BJ)
Sam and Harry, Boris & Julie Illustration for the book Feasting with Bompas & Parr by Sam Bompas and Harry Parr (Bompas & Parr, 2012.)

This must be something of a first – a Boris painting for a cookbook! It appeared in the book's Introduction.

For those that don't know, Bompas & Parr made their name with gelatine based products, hence the profusion of jellies in the painting, before expanding into other culinary areas.

The Samarkand Solution (1992)
The Samarkand Solution, Boris Vallejo B4.79 Cover art for Dangerous Journeys: The Samarkand Solution by Gary Gygax (Roc, 1993.)
San Diego Comic Con (1978)
Butterfly and Dragon, Boris Vallejo This pen and ink drawing was used as the cover for the 1978 San Diego Comic Con program.

You may want to make a comparison with Boris' drawing Dragon and Butterfly from the Midnight Angels portfolio. The two drawings do have many similarities, and were produced at about the same time, but there is no doubt that they are completely different drawings because the foreground/background details are quite different. However, by superimposing a mirror image of one onto the other, it is clear that the modelling of the girl (sans wings) and dragon is identical so clearly Boris used the same initial artwork for both pieces. I said "modelling" because although the major details are identical the actual detail – the girl's wings, costume, jewellery, hair and the dragon's skin – are very different.

Sari-Koon (1997)
Wolf Girl, Boris Vallejo 1998-Dec Painted for the 1998 Fantasy Calendar.
Satellite
Exiles to Glory, Boris Vallejo B2.50
CD1
Cover art for Exiles to Glory by Jerry Pournelle (Ace Books, 1978.) The painting was also used for a jigsaw puzzle under the title Galaxy.

Painting undated.

Satyr (1991)
Satyr, Boris Vallejo B3.C3
1992-Sep
Painted for the 1992 Mythology Calendar.

Greek Mythology: Satyrs were male wood nymphs looking mostly like men, but with horns and the legs of goats.

Savage Land (2000)
Forbidden Land, Boris Vallejo 2002-Feb This was apparently painted for the 2002 Fantasy Calendar.

You may like to compare this with Tarzan, the cover painting for the 1978 calendar, with which this one bears a distinct similarity.

The Savage Primeval
Mahars of Pellucidar, Boris Vallejo Cover art for Mahars of Pellucidar (Ace Books, 1976) by John Eric Holmes, a novel set in Edgar Rice Burroughs' fictional world. This artwork was also published as a poster in 1976 under the title The Savage Primeval.
Scarecrow Angel (1981)
Scarecrow Angel, Boris Vallejo CD1
FAT 71
Mirage
Painted for Mirage.
Scarlet Menace (1981)
Demon Night, Boris Vallejo B1.54
BoB.52
CD1
Portfolio 20
WOB.12
1983-Aug
Cover for Red Sonja #2: Demon Night (Ace Books, 1982) by David C Smith & Richard L Tierney.
The Scent of Courage (BJ)
What Courage Smells Like, Boris Vallejo Artwork for an Old Spice ad by Boris and Julie. In the published version What Courage Smells Like was changed to The Scent of Courage.

Although it is signed it is undated. Since it was first published in February 2012 I would guess that it was painted in 2011.

Scorpio, the Scorpion (1987)
Scorpio, the Scorpion, Boris Vallejo B2.39
BoB.02
CD1
1988-Nov
Painted for the 1988 Zodiac calendar.

Boris' original concept for this was realistic figures with flat graphic backdrops. The publishers rejected this, and insisted on realistic backdrops as well.

Scorpion (2002)
Kodak_2002, Boris Vallejo FW.115 A promotional piece for the Kodak company.

Boris did at least two other paintings for the company in 2001 and 2003 respectively. They were both for their Excel Sword range of thermal printing plates and therefore showed warrior types wielding swords. This painting shows a laser-equiped scorpion so presumably is for a different product range.

Sculptress
Carving a Future, Boris Vallejo This painting featured in an exhibition of Boris's artwork and was apparently painted specifically for the purpose.

A modified (or should I say modestified?) version of the painting was featured in the 2018 Fantasy Calendar under the title Ethereal Sculptress.

Although it is undated the exhibition website gave the year as 2016.

Search for the Horned Beast (1986)
Conan the Fearless, Boris Vallejo Painted for the cover of Conan the Fearless by Steve Perry (Tor Books, 1986) and also used for the Conan the Cimmerian video game (Virgin, 1991.)

It is also available as part of a limited edition autographed print poster series - see the Limited Editions page for Search for the Horned Beast for more information.

Searchers (1982)
Searchers, Boris Vallejo Mirage One of a dozen drawings specially produced for Mirage.
Searching for Pegasus (2020)
Waiting for Pegasus, Boris Vallejo I'm not sure of the correct title for this piece: Boris' and Julie's website gives the title as Searching for Pegasus but the image file has the name Waiting for Pegasus! My suspicion is that the filename is correct.

Since the image was obtained from borisjulie.com no other information is available but I have since learned that it will appear in the 2022 calendar.

A Season at Brighton
A Season at Brighton, Boris Vallejo B4.40 Cover art for A Season at Brighton by Alice Chetwynd Ley (Ballantine Books, 1976.)

Painting undated.

The Second Worst World (1997)
Locusts, Boris Vallejo 1999-Sep Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
Secrets (1984)
Secrets, Boris Vallejo CD1
Enchantment
Illustration for the story of the same name in Enchantment.
The Secrets of Synchronicity
The Secrets of Synchronicity, Boris Vallejo B1.51
CD1
FABV
Portfolio 19
Cover art for the book of the same name by Jonathan Fast (Signet, 1977.)
Seduction (1984)
Seduction, Boris Vallejo B2.63
CD1
Enchantment
1986-Nov
Illustration for the story of the same name in Enchantment.
See the Butterflies (1998)
See the Butterflies, Boris Vallejo 1999-Jul Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
Self-Portrait
Self-Portrait (1956), Boris Vallejo B4.11 This was produced when Boris was 15 so would have been painted in 1956.
Self-Portrait (1977)
Self-Portrait (1977), Boris Vallejo FABV Featured in The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo, this was possibly drawn either for that book or the programme of one of the several comic conventions Boris would have attended.
Self-Portrait (1992)
Self-Portrait (1992), Boris Vallejo '96 This portrait was apparently painted specifically for the Comic Images Supreme trading card set.

I have reservations about this being produced for the 1996 trading card set. The portrait date of 1992 suggests that either there was an exceedingly long lead-in time before publication or that it was produced for some other purpose.

Self-Punishment (1981)
Self-Punishment, Boris Vallejo Mirage 17 Painted for Mirage.
The Serpent (1978)
The Serpent, Boris Vallejo B2.78
CD1
Cover for The Serpent by Jane Gaskell (Pocket Books, 1978,) which is #1 in The Atlan Saga.

The book was originally published some years earlier but was republished in two parts in 1978. The second part was titled The Dragon and also carried a Boris cover (see here) as indeed did the rest of the series.

Serpent Goddess (2003)
Serpent Goddess, Boris Vallejo Ult_Ill.095 This is preliminary artwork for a Franklin Mint project. I'm not familiar with any product using this design so it may not have proceeded any further than the design stage.

Boris apparently based his design on one of Julie's calendar paintings.

Although the published version is unsigned (as is my thumbnail too) I have seen a copy which does carry a signature and date.

Serpent Slayer - preliminary sketch
Snake Attack - preliminary art, Boris Vallejo CD1 Preliminary artwork for the painting below.

The sketch is dated 1985 whereas the painting is dated 1987. Whilst the dates aren't inconsistent I think it more likely that this is another of the retrospectively, but wrongly, dated pieces.

Serpent Slayer (1987)
Snake Attack, Boris Vallejo B4.36
Verk
Painted for the dutch company Verkerke Reprodukties who first published it as a 53 x 158 cm (approximately 21 x 62 ins) poster. Despite the proportions of Boris' preliminary artwork my thumbnail apparently shows the whole of the painting – the image was cropped down the righthand side (through the signature) for the poster but when used on a greetings card and postcard it was the bottom that was cropped whilst the width used was similar to what is shown here, suggesting that that was the whole width.
Serpents (1979)
Serpents, Boris Vallejo The final drawing in the Midnight Angels portfolio series, this was used as Plate 6.

This may well have been the inspiration for Snake Women in his original Mirage collection.

Shadow Lord (1984)
Star Trek: Shadow Lord, book cover Cover art for Shadow Lord, another Star Trek novel, by Laurence Yep (Pocket Books, 1985.)

The cover of the paperback version provides this synopsis of the story "Spock and Sulu are swept into a savage power struggle on a primitive, savage world!" This explains why they are using swords as weapons.

Shaligar
Shaligar, Boris Vallejo 1998-Oct Originally painted for a t-shirt (see Superhero Man,) Boris painted in the background to create this image for the 1998 Fantasy Calendar.
Shannara
Shannara, Boris Vallejo BJ.46 Cover art for the video game Shannara (Legend Entertainment, 1995.) The game is based upon Terry Brookes' novel Sword of Shannara.
Shapechangers (1983)
Shapechangers, Boris Vallejo B2.59
CD1
1985-Dec
Cover art for Shapechangers by Jennifer Roberson (Daw Books, 1984.)
Shattered Sphere (1993)
The Shattered Sphere, Boris Vallejo BoB.60 This is the cover of the book The Shattered Sphere by Roger McBride Allen (Tor Books, 1994.)
She Centaur (1995)
Never-Ending War, Boris Vallejo BJ.15
1996-Jan
This picture was painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.
She Centaurs (1983)
She Centaurs - preliminary art, Boris Vallejo FAT 16 This is the preliminary artwork for a painting that was never commissioned.
She Devil (1986)
The Ultimate Client, Boris Vallejo Cover for the June 1986 edition of National Lampoon. The cover of this edition was featured in the National Lampoon trading card set (21st Century Archives, 1993.)
She Touched the Soul of Terark! (2002)
She Touched the Soul of Terark!, Boris Vallejo 2004-Centre This version of the 2009 painting Sorceress of the Universe was (digitally?) modified for the 2004 Fantasy Calendar centrepiece.
She Vampire (1983)
She Vampire, Boris Vallejo B1.61
B2.P2
BoB.O2
CD1
FAT 17
The face is realistic, everything else is flat.

She Vampire - detail, Boris VallejoI include detail which I find to be of interest.

She's Mine (1988)
She's Mine, Boris Vallejo BJ.35 One of the series of advertisements Boris painted for Chess King clothing.
Shedding (2001)
Shedding, Boris Vallejo 2003-Oct This painting was used for the month of October in the 2003 Fantasy Calendar.
Sherrahd vs. the Dread Skumm Army (2009)
When the Mist Clears, Boris Vallejo 2010-Mar This painting was used for March in the 2010 Fantasy Calendar,
Shimmering Glory (2002)
Shimmering Glory, Boris Vallejo 2004-Mar A painting from the 2004 Fantasy Calendar.
Shirt (BJ)
Mermaid Love, Boris & Julie FFW.091
Imagstx.085
One of (at least) three promotioal paintings for the Lynx range of toiletries. The others may be seen at I Love You So and My Love.

As with the other Lynx ads, the painting is unsigned but a signature was shown on the published version which, I believe, showed the year 2004.

Shoot the Bull (1978)
Two Hawks from Earth, Boris Vallejo B2.44
CD1
Cover for Two Hawks from Earth (Ace Books, 1979) by Philip José Farmer, one of the books in his World of Tiers series.

Painted 1978.

Shotput (1986)
The Shot-Putter, Boris Vallejo B2.54
BoB.79
1987-Mar
One of the 1987 Fantasy Olympics series.
Show Girl
Show Girl, Boris Vallejo Boris2 This was published in an unnamed men's magazine in 1968 and is the first of Boris' paintings to be published for a non-advertising purpose.
Showing Her the Way (1995)
Showing Her the Way, Boris Vallejo CIS.1
CD2
This painting was done specifically for the card series, which is printed on "magnachrome" stock which doesn't scan well, nor show the images to their best effect.
Showtime (1984)
Showtime, Boris Vallejo B2.74
CD1
Enchantment
Illustration for the story of the same name in Enchantment.
The Siege_of_Cuzco (BJ)
Machu Picchu Dream, Boris & Julie 2017-Oct This painting featured in the 2017 Fantasy Calendar but I am fairly certain it was not intended for that purpose.

Peruvian history: in May 1536 Incan forces besieged the Spanish held city of Cuzco. The siege became a stand-off and in an attempt to break the deadlock the Spanish launched an attack against the Incan headquarters at Ollantaytambo, close to Machu Picchu. The Spanish failed in this attempt and the painting depicts the Incan victory. The siege of Cuzco remained unresolved until the arrival of Spanish reinforcements in April 1537 resulted in the ultimate defeat of the Incans three months later.

The Siege of Faltara (1978)
The Siege_of_Faltara, Boris Vallejo B1.72
CD1
Cover for the book of the same name (Ace Books, 1978) by Arsen Darnay.
Siena Blaze (1994)
Siena Blaze, Boris Vallejo '94 One of a number of paintings Boris and Julie produced for the trading card set X-Men '95 Ultra (Fleer, 1994.)
The Signs of Christmas (1988)
The Signs of Christmas, Boris Vallejo BJ.72 Advertising image for Chess King clothing stores.
The Silver City: Gilsine's Tale (1999)
Gilsine's Tale, Boris Vallejo 2000-Jul This is a modified version of Latischa of the Lost World III produced for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar. Boris obviously thought it prudent to provide the girl with some clothing but, it must be said, that it won't keep her very warm.
Silver Samurai (1996)
Silver Samurai, Boris Vallejo '96 Painted for the X-Men Fleer Ultra: Wolverine (Fleer/SkyBox, 1996) trading card set.

This character debuted in 1974. Originally a criminal he eventually joined the X-Men before reverting to type after the events of M-Day (I have no idea what this is.) He has since been superseded by his son.

Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer, Boris Vallejo MM96.DI4 Painted for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set. Unlike most of the paintings produced for the set, this particular one is undated.
The Silver Sword (1993)
Golden Axe III, Boris Vallejo B4.83 Cover for the Golden Axe III video game (Sega, 1993.)

Entitled The Silver Sword on the trading card.

The female figure appears to have been modelled by Julie Bell.

Sinister (1984)
Mr. Sinister, Boris Vallejo '95 This was one of several paintings produced for the X-Men '95 Ultra trading card set (Fleer, 1994.) Unusually, this one wasn't used for the front of the card but was instead featured on the backs of the ten card Sinister Observations chase set. The white panel was replaced by a portrait of the character depicted on the front and Mr Sinister's observations about the character were written below.
Siren of Rapture (original) (1998)
The Siren of Rapture (original), Boris Vallejo Originally painted for the Siren of Rapture fantasy knife by Franklin Mint/Knightstone Collections, this is the version that appeared on the knife.

The painting has since been modified (see below) and you will see that the new image is laterally reversed compared to this one. Since both versions show the signature the right way around its anybody's guess which is the correct way.

Siren of Rapture (revised) (1998)
The Siren of Rapture (revised), Boris Vallejo Dreams.107 This version of the above painting has been modified to give the figure larger fins.

As stated above, I do not know which of the two versions is the correct way around but I would guess that it is this one, the knife version being laterally reversed to conform with the shape of the knife's handle.)

The Siren of the Sands (2000)
The Siren of the Sands, Boris Vallejo A painting for the Franklin Mint's series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
Siren Song (1979)
Siren Song, Boris Vallejo B2.02
CD1
FAT 10
Mirage
1984-Jun
1997-Mar
Painted for Mirage.
The Siren's Whisper
The Siren's Whisper, Boris Vallejo 2019-Feb This is the modified version of Mermaid and Flower Fairy used for the 2019 Fantasy Calendar.
The Sirens (1988)
The Sirens, Boris Vallejo B3.53
1989-May
Painted for the 1989 Mythology Calendar.

Greek Mythology: The Sirens were beautiful nymphs who lived on a rocky island in the midst of the sea. They sang to passing sailors and their voices were so sweet, their songs so irresistible, that all who heard them were driven to jump from their boats and swim for the fateful shore on which they met their deaths.

The Sirens of Sarumea (2009)
The Sirens of Suremea, Boris Vallejo 2010-Jul A painting from the 2010 Fantasy Calendar, this is a version of To Wonder If modified to cover the original's nudity.
Sister Act (1997)
Three Furies, Boris Vallejo 1998-Feb Painted for the 1998 Fantsay Calendar.
Sister Anyea (2009) (BJ)
Anyea, Boris & Julie 2010.Apr
Dland.006
Painted specifically for the 2010 Fantasy Calendar where it featured on the cover and the month of April.
Sit! (1985)
Sit!, Boris Vallejo B4.02 An advertising image for Chess King.
Six of Swords (2010)
Six of Swords, Boris Vallejo Tarot This painting was featured in the May 2010 edition of Heavy Metal as part of their ongoing Tarot series.
Six of Wands (2009)
Six of Wands, Boris Vallejo Tarot Another of the Tarot series of paintings, this one was published in the January 2010 edition of Heavy Metal magazine.
Skipping Rope (1979)
Skipping Rope, Boris Vallejo One of a series of cartoons produced by Boris, this was intended for his failed 1979 Nasty Sketchbook project.
Skywalker
Skywalker, Boris Vallejo This was painted for inclusion in a 2017 exhibition of Boris' work. All the artworks featured were apparently painted for Boris' personal enjoyment some being produced specially for the show.

A modified version was featured as the centrepiece of the 2018 calendar under the title Amphitrite's Playground.

Slam Dunk (BJ)
Main Event (2006), Boris & Julie Dland.027 A portrait of basketball player Waliyy Dixon who also goes under the nickname Main Event. This is one of four paintings produced for Mountain Dew in connection with the 2006 And1 Mixtape Tour – see AO for more information.
The Slayer (1979)
The Slayer, Boris Vallejo Another of the drawings for the Midnight Angels portfolio, this was Plate 5.
The Sleeper (1994)
The Sleeper, Boris Vallejo BJ.62
1995-May
Painted for the 1995 Fantasy Calendar.
A Slender Thread (2000)
Masked Fairie, Boris Vallejo 2002-Sep One of the paintings featured in the 2002 Fantasy Calendar, this was used for the month of September.
The Smell of the Wild (BJ)
The Smell of the Wild, Boris Vallejo A second promotional piece for Old Spice, see What Courage Smells Like for the other one, but this time the painting is unsigned as well as being undated.
Snake Attack - preliminary sketch
Snake Attack - preliminary art, Boris Vallejo CD1 Preliminary artwork for the painting below.

The sketch is dated 1985 whereas the painting is dated 1987. Whilst the dates aren't inconsistent I think it more likely that this is another of the retrospectively, but wrongly, dated pieces.

Snake Attack (1987)
Snake Attack, Boris Vallejo B4.36
Verk
Painted for the dutch company Verkerke Reprodukties who first published it as a 53 x 158 cm (approximately 21 x 62 ins) poster. Despite the proportions of Boris' preliminary artwork my thumbnail apparently shows the whole of the painting – the image was cropped down the righthand side (through the signature) for the poster but when used on a greetings card and postcard it was the bottom that was cropped whilst the width used was similar to what is shown here, suggesting that that was the whole width.
Snake Charmer (1978)
Snake Charmer, Boris Vallejo One of a series of cartoons produced by Boris. Given the similarity to two other cartoons from his Nasty Sketchbook project I would guess that was the intended purpose behind this drawing.
Snake Queen / Snake Warrior (2003)
Serpent Goddess, Boris Vallejo Ult_Ill.095 This is preliminary artwork for a Franklin Mint project. I'm not familiar with any product using this design so it may not have proceeded any further than the design stage.

Boris apparently based his design on one of Julie's calendar paintings.

Although the published version is unsigned (as is my thumbnail too) I have seen a copy which does carry a signature and date.

Snake Sisters (1979)
Serpents, Boris Vallejo The final drawing in the Midnight Angels portfolio series, this was used as Plate 6.

This may well have been the inspiration for Snake Women in his original Mirage collection.

Snake Women (1981)
Snake Women, Boris Vallejo B3.42
Mirage
Painted for Mirage.

You may like to compare this with Plate 6 of the Midnight Angels collection which provided the inspiration for this painting.

So What?
Primeval Princess, Boris Vallejo 1982-Dec
B4.37
CD1
Diva.027
FAT.040
FABV.033
FPG.05
Ult_Coll.070
Painted for Portal Publications for use as a wall poster. In addition it was also used as the cover for The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo.

The common title Primeval Princess is straight-forward enough but I must admit to being baffled by the title So What? used in Diva.

Painted 1977.

Soap (1981)
Counterfeit Lover, Boris Vallejo B2.01
BoB.15
CD1
FAT 15
Mirage
This piece, from Mirage, is entitled Counterfeit Lover in FAT, but Soap elsewhere.

Counterfeit Lover - detail, Boris VallejoThis piece shows a quite extraordinary virtuosity in the depiction of the soap bubbles, as shown by the detail taken from the back of the lady's leg.

Soap (2005) (BJ)
Soap, Boris & Julie A new version of Counterfeit Lover, this time by Julie and Boris. On this occasion, unless I'm very much mistaken, Danielle Anjou has been replaced by Julie Bell (there aren't many female models who are as muscular as Julie!)

The image was originally obtained from the old Imaginistix web site. I'm not aware of it having been published elsewhere so assume it was a private commission.

Soap Bubble (2013)
Soap Bubble, Boris Vallejo The model in this painting appears to be Julie Bell so it is no surprise to learn that Boris painted it for his personal enjoyment.

See Façade for the censored version used in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar.

Soaring Higher
Soaring Higher, Boris Vallejo 2016-Dec One of the paintings from the 2016 Fantasy Calendar but I have no additional information for this artwork.
Sojourn (BJ)
Lost Dreams, Boris & Julie 2015-Jun Cover art for the 2013 album Lost Dreams by Curtis Oddo, a friend of Boris and Julie.

The painting was also used for rhe month of June, and the cover, of the 2015 Fantasy Calendar.

Soldier Boy (1981)
Soldier Boy, Boris Vallejo Cover art for Soldier Boy by Michael Shaara (Timescape, 1982) an anthology of short stories. The title story was originally puplished in the July 1953 edition of Galaxy Science Fiction.
Some Summer Lands (1979)
Some Summer Lands, Boris Vallejo B2.87
CD1
Cover for Some Summer Lands (Pocket, 1979,) by Jane Gaskell, the 5th and final book in her Atlan Saga.
Song of Steel (2011)
Centaur and the Dragon, Boris Vallejo 2012-Mar
Dland.186
This painting was featured in the 2012 Fantasy Calendar but I do not know whether or not if it was specially painted for that purpose
Song of the Lizard (2015)
Song of the Lizard, Boris Vallejo 2017-May Used for the month of May in the 2017 Fantasy Calendar. I have no information as to why it was painted but it is possible that it was done specifically for the calendar.
Sony Online 1 (2003) (BJ)
The Glow of Victory, Boris & Julie Imagix.185 The first of two promotional pieces produced for the Sony Online gaming site. I assume, in this context, that the designation of first is purely arbitrary! Similarly, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that our artistic duo painted more than two of these artworks.
Sony Online 2 (2003) (BJ)
Attack of the Misfits, Boris & Julie Imagix.166 The other promotional piece produced for the Sony Online gaming site.
The Sorceress
Conan the Freebooter, Boris Vallejo B3.57
CD1
FAT91
WOB.8
1982-Feb
Cover for Conan the Freebooter by Robert E Howard & L Sprague de Camp.

All the sources, except Fantasy Art Techniques, give the title as The Freebooter.

Painting is undated.

Sorceress / The Sorceress Bird (2005)
Sorceress Bird, Boris Vallejo Ult_Ill.019 Commissioned by a mother as a gift for her daughter who had a liking for witches.
The Sorceress and the Dragon (1989)
The Sorceress and the Dragon, Boris Vallejo B2.62
CD1
1990-Dec
Painted for the 1990 Mythology Calendar.

The photo shoot was done on an extremely hot day, and the female model had actually passed out when the reference photo was taken - there's realism and dedication!

Sorceress of Passion (1997)
The Sorceress of Passion, Boris Vallejo This is one of a number done for Franklin Mint and used for a series of limited edition pocket knives.
Sorceress of the Universe (1999)
Sorceress of the Universe, Boris Vallejo Knife Painted for the first Franklin Mint series of collectible knives.
Sorceress of the Universe (2002)
She Touched the Soul of Terark!, Boris Vallejo 2004-Centre This version of the 2009 painting Sorceress of the Universe was (digitally?) modified for the 2004 Fantasy Calendar centrepiece.
The Sorceress of the Waves (1999)
The Sorceress of the Waves, Boris Vallejo SG
Imagstx
Knife
A painting for the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
The Sorceress' Apprentice (1979)
The Sorceress' Apprentice, Boris Vallejo One of the pen and ink drawings used for the Midnight Angels portfolio. This particular one was used for Plate 3.
The Sorceror (1982)
Star_of_Doom, Boris Vallejo 1985-Jul Cover for the 6th Red Sonja novel Star of Doom by David C Smith & Richard L Tierney (Ace Books, 1983.)
Sorna of the Ax People (1997)
Ptero in the Mountains, Boris Vallejo 1999-Oct Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calemdar.
Soul Stealer / The Soulstealer War (2007) (BJ)
The First Mother's Fire, Boris & Julie Dland.142 Wraparound cover art for The First Mother's Fire, book one in W L Hoffman's The Soulstealer War series (Dog Ear Publishing, 2007).

You may want to check out The Splintering Realm for the cover of the second book in the series.

Space and Time (1994)
Space and Time, Boris Vallejo BJ.49
1996-Sept
Dreams.047
Painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.

September '96 image. Offered for sale on the official Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Web site under the title Dannie.

Space Arachnoid (1979)
The Web Between the Worlds, Boris Vallejo B4.32
CD1
Cover art for The Web Between the Worlds by Charles Sheffield (Ace Books, 1979.)
Space Captive (1986)
Space Captive, Boris Vallejo B2.81
CD1
Advertising image for Chess King clothing stores.
Space Colonies
Colony, Boris Vallejo B4.69
CD1
This was the cover for Colony by Ben Bova (Pocket Books, 1978.)

The painting is undated.

Space Guardian (1978)
The Space Guardian, Boris Vallejo B1.39
Beasts
FAT 101
October, 1997
Cover art for The Space Guardian by Max Daniels (Pocket Books, 1978.)
Space Station (1988)
Energy Unlimited, Boris Vallejo An advertisement for former body-bulder Joe Weider's range of fitness supplements, this was one of several such paintings by Boris.
Space Warp (1994)
Space and Time, Boris Vallejo BJ.49
1996-Sept
Dreams.047
Painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.

September '96 image. Offered for sale on the official Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Web site under the title Dannie.

Spawn of the Winds (1978)
Spawn of the Winds, Boris Vallejo Boris2
B3.07
CD1
1980-Feb
Cover art for Spawn of the Winds by Brian Lumley (Jove, 1978.)
Spear Maiden (2001)
Spear Maiden, Boris Vallejo SG.F3
CD2
Sketch.122
Ult_Ill.099
Design drawing for a Franklin Mint sculpture which was to feature the woman with a dragon. Apparently, unauthorised changes were made to the dragon which Boris was not happy with. I'm not familiar with any sculpure featuring this woman so perhaps the sculpture was never produced.
Spell (2006)
Oz Wonderland Chronicles, Boris Vallejo Dland.178 Cover art for the comic/novelette Oz Wonderland Chronicles #2 by Ben Avery (BuyMeToys.com, 2007.) The painting shows the lead characters Dorothy and Alice with the Wicked Witch in the background.
Spheres in Space (1993)
Empire Builders, Boris Vallejo B4.23 Cover for Empire Builders (Tor Books, 1993) by Ben Bova.
Sphinx (1984)
Sphinx (1984), Boris Vallejo B2.73
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Enchantment
1986-Aug
Painted as an illustration for the story of the same name in Enchantment.
Sphinx (1990)
Sphinx (1990), Boris Vallejo B3.C6
CD1
1992-Jan
Painted for the 1992 Mythology Calendar.
The Spider's Web
The Mountain Monster, Boris Vallejo CD1
FAT 36
WOB.2
1983-Oct
A book cover for The Mountain Monster, a Doc Savage book – originally published in 1938, this was used for the 1976 Bantam Books reissue.

Although undated it was probably painted in 1976.

Spider-Man: Flag of Convenience (1996)
Flag of Convenience, Boris Vallejo MM96.45 One of four paintings of Spider-Man Boris produced for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set, this one shows him in a classic pose.
Spider-Man (1996)
Spider-Man, Boris Vallejo MM96.87 Another of the many paintings produced for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set and one of the two portraits of Spider-Man painted by Boris.
Spider-Man Leap (1996)
Spider-Man Leap, Boris Vallejo MM96.85 The other portrait of Spider-Man painted by Boris for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
Spider-Man vs the Sinister Six Plus the Green Goblin (BJ)
Spider-Man vs the Sinister Six Plus the Green Goblin, Boris & Julie This rather crowded painting was a private commission.
Spider-Man vs Dr. Octopus (1996)
Spiderman vs Dr. Octopus, Boris Vallejo MM96.64/65 One of the many paintings produced for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set, this painting was split between two cards with Spider-Man being on card 64 and Dr Octopus being on card 65.
Spider-Woman (1996)
Spider-Woman, Boris Vallejo MM96.46 One more portrait produced for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set,
Spike (2004)
Spike (2004), Boris Vallejo This portrait of Spike (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) was commissioned for the trading card set Spike: The Complete Story (Inkworks, 2005.) It was used for the nine card Heart & Soul 'puzzle' (in the 'jigsaw' sense) subset, which was also produced as an uncut mini/press sheet, and the autograph card.

Spike photoThe painting is based upon a 20th Century Fox publicity photograph.

The Spike (BJ)
The Spike, Boris & Julie One of a series of fantasy (American) football related paintings that appeared on Boris's and Julie's old Imaginistix web site.

See The Colisseum for a list of the other paintings.

Spirit of Ecstasy (1998)
The Spirit of Ecstasy, Boris Vallejo One of the paintings for the Franklin Mint series of fantasy knives.
Spirit of Nature (2021)
Spirit of Nature, Boris Vallejo One of two paintings to appear on borisjulie.com in August 2021, unfortunately no additional information is available at the present time.
The Spirit of the Storm (2000)
The Spirit of the Storm, Boris Vallejo CD2
TwinV.086
Ult_Coll.156
Knife
One of the 17 paintings produced for the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
Spiritual Seer
Spiritual Seer, Boris Vallejo 2019-Aug This is an enhanced version of Boris' 2017 Figure Study produced for the 2019 Fantasy Calendar.
Spiritus Vitae (2013)
Soap Bubble, Boris Vallejo The model in this painting appears to be Julie Bell so it is no surprise to learn that Boris painted it for his personal enjoyment.

See Façade for the censored version used in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar.

The Splintering Realm (BJ)
The Soulstealer War: The Splintering Realm, book back-cover Wraparound cover art for The Splintering Realm, book two in W L Hoffman's The Soulstealer War series (Dog Ear Publishing, 2018). Unfortunately I do not have an image of the artwork so, until one becomes available, you'll have to be content with a copy of the book's front cover.

The painting for book one of the series may be found at The First Mother's Fire.

Spoor (1980)
Wolfman, Boris Vallejo Mirage A painting from Mirage.
The Spotted Men
Doc Savage: The Spotted Men, book cover Boris2.40 Boris' fifth cover for the Doc Savage series of books, this time The Spotted Men (Bantam Books, 1977.)

The book was published in early 1977 so the painting probably dates to 1976.

Spring Garden 1981
Spring Garden, Boris Vallejo B2.88
BoB.83
CD1
Mirage
Painted for Mirage.
Squire (BJ)
Eldin of Yashor, Boris & Julie 2014.Dec
Dland.133
Cover art for Eldin of Yashor by C Tyler Storm (Langdon Street Press, 2009.)
Staff of Death
Staff of Death, Boris Vallejo Cover art for the March 1975 edition, issue #2, of the magazine Weird Tales of the Macabre, it provides a graphic illustration of the story Staff of Death.

Although it is undated it was probably painted in 1974.

Stalking the Unicorn (1986)
Stalking the Unicorn, Boris Vallejo B4.86 Cover art for Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight by Mike Resnick (Tor Books, 1987.)
Stallion (1980)
Stallion, Boris Vallejo B2.77 Not one of the usual Boris subjects - the trading card gives no information about the painting's purpose.
Stallions in the Sky (2003)
Stallions in the Sky, Boris Vallejo 2005-Dec Featured in the 2005 Fantasy Calendar.
Standing Tall (2017)
Standing Tall, Boris Vallejo 2019-Jan Although it is featured in the 2019 Fantasy Calendar it was clearly not painted for that purpose. The proportions of this painting show that it was painted for another purpose since, as well as being cropped on either side, the top had to be stretched to produce the square calendar image.
Standoff (2009) (BJ)
John Carter of Mars (painting), Boris & Julie 2014-Jun My original understanding was that this was promotional artwork for the movie John Carter of Mars but it transpires that it was actually a private commission.

The painting was used for the month of June in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar.

The Standoff (BJ)
The Standoff, Boris & Julie 2015-Oct This is a version of the book cover painting Beastmaster: Myth which has been modified for use in the 2015 Fantasy Calendar. Unusually the modification was not for the sake of modesty but to remove a corvid originally placed to the left of the monster's head.
Star Control (1991)
Star Control, Boris Vallejo B2.40
BoB.19
CD1
Cover for the video game Star Control (Accolade, 1990.)

All the images that I've seen are unsigned and, hence, undated but the autographed print available from the Imaginistix website (before it was redesigned in 2015) is signed and dated 1991 but the video game was released a year earlier than that! Another case of a piece being retrospectively signed with the wrong year? Or was it used for a later release on a different platform?.

Star Crossed (1987)
Starcrossed, Boris Vallejo B1.82
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Cover art for Starcrossed by Ben Bova (Ace Books, 1988.)
Star Fantasy (1996)
Combat Manoeuvres, Boris Vallejo CIS.4 Previously unpublished, this is described as Boris' tribute to the sf (science fiction/fantasy) genre. It is based on a design originally done for the Topps Star Wars Galaxy 2 trading card set which was never used but may be seen here.
Star of Doom (1982)
Star_of_Doom, Boris Vallejo 1985-Jul Cover for the 6th Red Sonja novel Star of Doom by David C Smith & Richard L Tierney (Ace Books, 1983.)
Star Probe (1978)
Star Probe, Boris Vallejo B2.79
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Cover art for Star Probe by Joseph Green (Ace Books, 1978.)
Star Trek (1983)
The Wounded Sky, Boris Vallejo CD1 Cover for the Star Trek novel The Wounded Sky by Diane E Duane (Pocket Books, 1983.)

The story was later adapted into a teleplay for the first series of Star Trek: The Next Generation under the title Where No One Has Gone Before.

Star Trek: Phaser Fight
Star Trek: Phaser Fight, book cover Cover art for the Star Trek book Star Trek: Phaser Fight by Scott & Barbara Siegel (Pocket Books, 1986.)

Intended for the younger reader, this book differs from the usual novel in that it is a text adventure. The reader is presented with a series of narratives which end with them having to choose between a few courses of action (eg 'Run', 'Fight' or 'Do nothing.') The story resumes at a new page dictated by the particular choice. In this way a variety of different outcomes to the story are possible, not all of them being successful ones however.

Star Wars - preliminary (1993)
Star Wars (1993) - preliminary art, Boris Vallejo This is a colour rough produced for the Topps Star Wars Galaxy 2 trading card set. Unfortunately the image was not selected for inclusion in the set so, one assumes, Boris did not proceed with the final painting. However, this artwork was featured on the reverse of card #291 of Topps' Star Wars Galaxy 3 set.

Although the original painting was never produced the design was nevertheless adapted for the 1996 painting Combat Manoeuvres.

Star Wars (1994)
Droids, Boris Vallejo '94 This was Boris' only contribution to the 275 trading card set Star Wars Galaxy Two (Topps, 1994.)

As well as being used in the Illustrators of Star Wars subset it was also used as the box art, to advertise the set and on the cover of a book about the set.

Starbridge (1989)
Starbridge, Boris Vallejo B4.68 Wrap-around cover for Starbridge by A C Crispin (Ace Books, 1989.)

That background is inspired by the M-42 nebula.

Steel Draw (1992)
Main Event (1992), Boris Vallejo B4.09
Dland.027
Cover for Battletech: Main Event (Penguin/Roc, 1993) by James D Long.
Steel Warrior (1989)
Steel Warrior, Boris Vallejo B4.85 This looks to have been intended as a video game cover but it was unpublished prior to its inclusion in this card set.

It was stolen en route to be framed but I do not know whether this was the reason it was never published.

Stella / Stellar #1
Stellar #1, Boris Vallejo Boris Cover art for Stellar #1 (Ballantine, 1977,) a science fiction anthology edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey.

Painted 1976.

Step into Eos (2004) (BJ)
Step into Eos, Boris & Julie 2006-Jan A joint Boris/Julie painting from the 2006 Fantasy Calendar.
Step into the Unknown
Upside Down, Boris Vallejo 2022.Centre Originally appearing on Boris and Julie's website borisjulie.com under the title Upside Down I surmised that it might be intended for the 2022 Fantasy Calendar. This has since proved to be correct when it was used for the centrepiece under the new title Step into the Unknown.
Steppe (1985)
Steppe, Boris Vallejo B1.60
BoB.46
CD1
FPG.50
Cover art for Steppe by Piers Anthony.
Steroid Jesus (1969)
Steroid Jesus, Boris & Julie This is a private piece painted by Boris for his own amusement on a spare piece of board. At least, that is what the seller said when it was offered for sale on eBay. More recently I came across an alternative story saying that boris had acquired an empty frame that he particulary liked and that this painting was produced for that frame.

I'm uncertain whether or not this is by Boris but my own view is that if it is by him then it's not one of his best - the musculature seems to be rather overdone and the shading is not what I've come to expect.

Steve
Rolind of Meru, Boris Vallejo B2.18
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FABV
Cover art for Rolind of Meru by Peter Lyle (Avon, 1977.)

I received an email from August, who I presume to be female, who says (in part): '… my brother's name is Steve. My mother used to teach Boris' wife horse-back riding lessons… and thus, the year I was born, Boris created this painting of him. However, he does not have a twin as the picture portrays.".

Painted 1976.

Stolti Mortali!
Stolti Mortali! book cover Cover art for the 2016 Italian language book Stolti Mortali! by the italian author known as Nerdheim.

The painting was also used, after being digitally manipulated, in the 2019 Fantasy Calendar under the title Powerful Protector.

Stone Idol
Enchantress of Venus, Boris Vallejo B1.53
CD1
FABV
WOB.22
1982-Sep
Book cover for The Best of Leigh Brackett by Leigh Brackett (Ballantine Books, 1978) which is, as you might suppose, a collection of short stories. The particular story illustrated here is Enchantress of Venus.

In addition to being an author, Leigh Bracket was also a well respected screenwriter, working on many well successful movies including, shortly before her death, The Empire Strikes Back.

Painted 1997.

Stone Warrior (2005) (BJ)
Stone Warrior, Boris & Julie Ult_Ill.124 You might want to compare this piece with the 1984 painting Conan the Triumphant. The particular client requested a drawing based on the earlier work although it should be noted that this time it is a joint Boris/Julie collaboration rather than a solo Boris artwork. The difference between the two designs is deliberate as Boris finds it tedious to copy the same design.
Storm (1994)
Storm (1994), Boris Vallejo '94 Painted for the Fleer X-Men '95 Ultra trading card set and featured as card #104 (part of the X-Men Gold Team subset.)
Storm (1995)
Storm (1995), Boris Vallejo MM96.DI5
CD2
This painting of Storm was produced for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
Storm in the Danger Room (1994)
Storm in the Danger Room, Boris Vallejo '94 One of several paintings produced for the Fleer X-Men '95 Ultra trading card set this was used for card #9 of the Sinister Observations chase card set.
Strangers from the Sky (1987)
Strangers from the Sky, Boris Vallejo Cover artwork for the Star Trek novel Strangers from the Sky by Margaret Wander Bonanno (Pocket Books, 1987.)
Street Closed (1986)
Street Closed, Boris Vallejo B4.19 Advertising image for the Chess King line of clothing stores.
Strife in the Sky () (BJ)
Strife in the Sky, Boris & Julie 2005-Oct This is a digital image produced for the 2005 Fantasy Calendar. The base image is The Evil Twin which has been combined with several overlaid images. Of course, this assumes that that image itself isn't a composite one!
The Student (2000)
Forbidden Land, Boris Vallejo 2002-Feb This was apparently painted for the 2002 Fantasy Calendar.

You may like to compare this with Tarzan, the cover painting for the 1978 calendar, with which this one bears a distinct similarity.

Strange Evil (1979)
Strange Evil, book back-cover Cover art for Jane Gaskell's first novel Strange Evil which was written when she was 14 years old. It was published a few years after in 1957 – clearly this painting was used for a later edition.
Summit (1994)
Summit, Boris Vallejo BJ.66 Wrap-around book cover for Penguin: Summit by Edward Myers.
The Sun Goddess (1999)
The Goddess of the Sun, Boris Vallejo SG.053
FFW.098
Knife
Painted for the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
Sunai (1994)
Sunai, Boris Vallejo AC.2
BJ.06
1996-Mar
This appears to be the painting Summit which has been overpainted to create a new image for inclusion in the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.

The model for this painting was Julie Bell, Boris' wife.

Sunfish
Sunfish, Boris Vallejo 2020-Oct Featured in the 2020 Fantasy Calendar, the square format suggests that this was painted specifically for that purpose.

The painting is undated but was probably painted in about 2018.

Sunrise (1998)
The Guardian, Boris Vallejo SG.033
Dreams.058
Cover art for The Guardian (Bantam Books, 1998) by Angus Wells.
Sunset Attack (1987)
Sweet Revenge, Boris Vallejo B3.64 Unused promotional piece for a movie of the same name. The male figure was posed by Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee fame. At least, thats what it says on the card but it was actually used for the movie Sweet Revenge, a 1987 Roger Corman film.
Suntan Bed
Suntan Bed - preliminary art, Boris Vallejo BJ.18
Sketch.110
Preliminary sketch for a sunbed advertisement. Unfortunately the final painting was not produced due to cancellation of the product.
Superhero (1996)
Superhero, Boris Vallejo A drawing of generic superhero drawn for a fan at the 1996 San Diego Comic Con.
Superhero Man (1995)
Superhero Man, Boris Vallejo This was painted as a t-shirt design but was never used. Boris later added a background and used the painting in the 1998 calendar under the title Shaligar.
Superman vs Darkseid: When Titans Clash (2015) (BJ)
Superman vs Darkseid, Boris & Julie This is a private commission showing Superman battling one of his greatest antagonists Darkseid.
The Supreme Goddess (1995)
The Supreme Goddess, Boris Vallejo BJ.01
1996-Apr
Painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.
Surfer (2012) (BJ)
Surfer, Boris & Julie 2013-Feb A joint Boris/Julie painting from the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.
Suzle (1993)
Suzle, Boris Vallejo B4.medallion
BJ.59
1994-Nov
Painted for the 1994 Mythology Calendar.

The Suzle, voluptuous creatures of Siberian mythology, were hatched from eggs, and gave beauty and sensuality to the people of the earth. The Nydan, wormlike creatures with poisonous spikes, were envious of the Suzle and wanted to destroy them by making their warm hearts cold. The Nydan were eventually defeated when the envy of one of the worms turned to love, and in order to save the Suzle, it destroyed itself and all of the other Nydan.

Modelled by Julie Bell's sister Suzanne.

The card sets identify the image as Suzzle. The spelling in the recounting of the myth differs.

Sweet Chastity (1997)
Sweet Chastity, Boris Vallejo Illustration of Sweet Chastity for the September 1997 edition of Penthouse Comix.

Sweet Chastity is the innocent, pink-haired heroine of the eponymous strip-cartoon series in the magazine who, inevitably, ends up in a state of undress. For this particular edition, six artists (Boris, Julie Bell and four others) were each asked to paint a pin-up of her and this was Boris' interpretation of her.

Sweet Memories (BJ)
Mermaid Love, Boris & Julie FFW.091
Imagstx.085
One of (at least) three promotioal paintings for the Lynx range of toiletries. The others may be seen at I Love You So and My Love.

As with the other Lynx ads, the painting is unsigned but a signature was shown on the published version which, I believe, showed the year 2004.

Sweet Revenge (1987)
Sweet Revenge, Boris Vallejo B3.64 Unused promotional piece for a movie of the same name. The male figure was posed by Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee fame. At least, thats what it says on the card but it was actually used for the movie Sweet Revenge, a 1987 Roger Corman film.
Sword Excel™ (2003)
Kodak_2003, Boris Vallejo Advertisement for Sword Excel™ thermal printing plates for the Kodak company.

This was the second painting for this same product. I don't have a copy of that artwork but see The Conqueror Comes for a modified version.

Sword Fight (1980)
War of the Citadels, Boris Vallejo B2.83
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FAT 38
Book cover for Ace Books: Flash Gordon #2: War of the Citadels by David Hagberg.
Sword of Fate (2005) (BJ)
Sword of Fate, Boris & Julie Drawn as cover for Full Cirkle II Sum of Parts #1 (Full Cirkle Press, 2007.)

As is commonly the case, the magazine used a colourised version of the artwork on the cover. Usually the original artist has no say in how the work is colourised.

The artwork was also available as part of a limited edition of six prints.

See Magic Cloak and Victory Dance for the other two covers in the series.

Swords and Fangs / Swords and Serpents - prelim
Swords and Serpents - preliminary art, Boris Vallejo BJ.47 One of the alternative concept sketches for the video game project resulting in Swords & Serpents.

Presumably sketched 1990.

Swords and Serpents (1990)
Swords and Serpents, Boris Vallejo B2.76
BoB.47
CD1
Painted as cover for the video game of the same name (Acclaim Entertainment, 1990,) a project which cost Boris money as the client refused to pay the full bill. The lawyer's fees for the recovery of the money were more than the value of the project.
Swordsman (1982)
Swordsman, Boris Vallejo B1.13
CD1
FPG.41
WOB.10
I hold no information for this painting.
Sylphids (2009)
Sylphids, Boris Vallejo 2010-May This painting was featured in the 2010 Fantasy Calendar.


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