Note: Come see and buy these paintings in person in the dealers room (with cash, or can possibly meet at a local bank) at The Away Mission sci-fi convention in Tampa FL, April 11-13. William Shatner (the original Captain Kirk) is the main guest! Alice Eve, who played Carol Marcus in the Into Darkness movie, will be there Saturday too, so you could buy the Kirk's Lost Love painting and get both 'characters' to sign it! Check the con's site for the current guest list and new additions. If there's non-sci-fi stuff you want me to bring, , but please be sure you can pay for it.
PLEASE read the main points on the "How to Order" page if interested in buying anything, before you e-mail or call me, thanks. I don't take Paypal or credit cards, sorry. I'm NOT buying, thanks. Site navigation links are at the bottom of all pages. "View" links are set to open in a new window/tab.
Sonia R. Hillios is an award winning sci-fi/fantasy artist who's done Star Trek and Star Wars art for Hamilton plates, DC comics, novels, trading cards, magazine covers, lithographs etc., and her work is gorgeous! And she's one of the nicest people you'll ever deal with. You can see more of her work at soniahillios.com (will open in new window/tab). I bought some of her originals in the late 1990's, and then later bought some more during a once-in-a-lifetime sale for past customers, as I couldn't let the deals go by. But I need the money back more than I need the paintings now.
So now's your chance to buy some of these one-of-a-kind paintings, most below appraised value, and reasonably close offers are considered. And start making offers already, ok? (See bottom of the page for the Buy All price.) All come with an appraisal from a professional appraiser Sonia uses, and some appraisals are more than 18 years old. I think that Sonia's art is a bargain compared to what you can pay for some fancy lithographs and Cibachrome prints, some of which list for $3000-4000, and those are COPIES folks, not the original. If you have that kind of money, why not buy an original in the same ballpark? Why pay $3000-$8500 for a lithograph there's 500-2500 of, just because it's signed by most of the cast of one of the shows, who will be signing stuff for years to come, when you could own an original painting of published art for less? You don't need to be Spock to see the logic in that. And compared to what some original pen & ink (black & white art) small comic book cover art sells for, even more recent ones by big name artists, and compared to Alex Ross original painted comic covers that sell for $60,000+, and what other Trek artists ask for theirs, these are a steal.
So get in on these great pieces and prices now before they go into other people's collections. Explore strange new looks from spouses, seek out new lines of credit, new depths of debt, and boldly buy something that no one (except me) has bought before!
There will be a contract to sign, basically stating that all copyrights and reproduction rights to the images are reserved by Paramount and the artist, and that you can't reproduce the art in any form without permission. This means you can't go making posters and lithographs and the like from the originals without permission or paying a licensing fee to Paramount. And don't hotlink to the pics from here to use elsewhere either, that's illegal bandwidth theft. Thanks.
The "bad" news is I can't take credit cards directly, or use that 'PP' company owned by that auction site, and I know that will kill me with certain people, but that's the way it is. I'm a small-time collector, and even though these are expensive items, I won't deal with 'PP', and I don't qualify for a credit card merchant account, and third party processors charge far too much, or have low dollar limits on transactions or monthly totals, defeating one of the big reasons for taking credit cards. The good news is that I take interest free payments, and like it says on my How To Order page, you can use credit card advance checks, just be aware of the fees and interest rate. You could then do a balance transfer to a better rate card, if you have more than one, and be aware that may cost you another fee, but maybe not during a low rate promotional offer. I MIGHT consider using escrow.com services if someone insists, and we can negotiate on the fees (3.25%-6.3%, which has a limit of $5000 on credit card transactions, over that you pay via a wire transfer), and I may decline to use them too. And if I'm paying the fees, you don't get the free stuff I would normally include, sorry. I KNOW I'm good for my end, as do hundreds of past customers. I can provide references, and my guestbook has plenty of feedbacks to attest to my integrity.
All art is hand painted by Sonia using a variety of techniques, including airbrush. Framed with "acrylic glazing" (plastic type), not glass, so they're much safer to ship. Shipping estimates will vary by carrier and other factors. I don't do Fed-Ex, as I have no business account or status, so UPS will likely be the carrier of choice, or possibly the Post Office.
Now for the list of paintings. Clicking on "View" will open the pictures in a new window/tab, so you don't have to keep hitting "back" and reloading this page. Due to camera quirks, some background "suns" or white spots appear larger/brighter than in person, some frames will have reflection spots, and colors may be off a little, as everyone's monitor settings are different. I tweaked things so they looked reasonably close on my monitor. "Image area" refers to the dimensions of the art showing inside the mat.
"Deanna Troi" − Made for the Star Trek Next Generation Porcelain Card Collection from Hamilton. Waist-up portrait of our favorite Betazoid counselor, as played by Marina Sirtis. Beautiful! Nicely framed & matted in 2-level black metal. Framed size is 22"Wx29"H, image area is about 15.5"x20.5". Her tunic is a bit more aqua in person than blue, but I can't seem to get it aqua in pics. Back when I bought this, Sonia's similar size portraits of other main crew members were priced at $4900-$5500, but Troi was lower priced for some reason, so I grabbed it up...$3,999 (View)
"Enterprise NCC 1701-D" − This was made into a poster by StarStruck Corp, called "Space, the Final Frontier" (View). Beautiful image of the second most famous Enterprise ship. Very large, framed size is 44"Wx34"H, image area showing is 34"x24". Thick gunmetal metal frame, triple matted. Ship art is very popular for posters, and very few original paintings of the Enterprise D are ever for sale. Beam it aboard for...$7,999 (View)
"Kirk's Lost Love" − This was done for the cover of the 1989 DC comic book series #75. A stunningly realistic image of the '60s TV series era James T. Kirk, with his "lost love" Carol Marcus (the 2.0 versions now immortalized in the "Star Trek: Into Darkness" movie), the Enterprise 1701A overhead, a shuttle craft, and the San Francisco Bay bridge. Beautifully framed with a black and gold accented metal frame, and matching matting, this is one of the best pieces of Star Trek original comic art you'll find. Framed size is 27.5"Wx38"H, image area is 19"x29". Be the envy of your Starfleet chapter with this on your wall! Will throw in a choice of other Trek/Kirk collectibles, and the signed-by-Sonia #75 comic too! (See my other Sonia signed comics on the Star Trek or DC Comics pages.) Appraised back in 1995 for $7500, it can be yours for 33% off that (hey, it's better than Quark would do), at...$4,999 (View) (View comic)
"Klingon Bird of Prey" − Made for the Next Generation Porcelain Card Collection from Hamilton. Two Bird of Prey ships patrol past a blazing sun. Thick black plastic frame, semi-dark green outer mat with multiple inner matting. Framed size is 38.5"Wx29"H, image area is 28"x18.5". Be the pride of the Empire and the envy of every other Klingon House with this hanging in the back window of your shuttle craft, with your bumper sticker that says "My other ship is a Bird of Prey." Appraised back in 1995 for $5800, it can be yours for about 33% off that, a bargain for such an honorable work, so K'plop down...$3900 (View)
"Locutus" − Made for the Next Generation Porcelain Card Collection from Hamilton. A tribute to the fan favorite episode of "Best of Both Worlds," this features a nice head shot of Capt. Picard (played by Patrick Stewart) as his Borg identity "Locutus," with a Borg cube ship holding the Enterprise D in a tractor beam. Double metal frames (outside one is dark purple, inside is black), and double matted in a gray mat, and inner gold mat. Framed size is 22"Wx27"H, image area is 13.5"x18.5". I didn't get as much off this one as 3 of the others listed, as I bought it before that sale, so it's discounted only a little bit. Locutus says, "Buy this. Resistance is futile. Your money will be assimilated. Make it sold! I'm the leader of the X-Men too, and I'm in your mind, so buy this!" Appraised at $4500 back in 1995 when it was done, this will cost you a little less at...$3,999 (View)
"Strange New Worlds V" − Made for the cover of the paperback novel of the same name, features most of the more famous ships of Starfleet, from all eras, zooming away from Earth, with a large Roman numeral "V" imposed over Earth. Enterprise 1701D is the centerpiece, surrounded by (clockwise) the Daedalus (one of the early Starfleet ships), Defiant, the original Enterprise 1701, Reliant, Voyager, and Enterprise B. Ship art is very popular with posters, and here you get all the main ones on one piece—THE piece, not some paper copy. NOT framed, but matted in gray marble outer mat and black inner mat, on foam core board. Matted size is 20"Wx30"H, image area is 13.5"x18.5". Done in 2001, appraised in 2003 for $4500, buy it for...$2,999 (View)
CLOSE offers considered, but I reserve the right to NOT include any free items that may have been given at the regular price. And for anyone who has the dough and wants more than 1 painting, we can talk about further discounts, if that charges your dilithium crystals, fires your photon torpedo, energizes your matter, ejects your warp core, presses your latinum bar, regenerates your Borg drone, makes your tribble purr—ok I'll stop.
And if any high roller wants all of them (totals $27,895 separately), I'll sell them for $20,000. In person pick-up at a secure location would be best.