I posted recently about cover art that drew me to purchase books. Darrell K. Sweet was one of the artists I mentioned, specifically the painter of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time covers. He died yesterday, a great loss for fantasy art, but so much more importantly, for his family and friends.
Read the tribute on Tor's web site (the publishers of Robert Jordan's books) and on Dragonmount (a WoT community web site). Take a look at their images of stunning paintings he created. Read the comments and see how many other people discovered new worlds in fantasy because they were enthralled by his art.
Mr. Sweet, you will be missed.