I even posted about it last year:
I know there are some of the "old guard" that don't like Elmore's art or associate it with a change at TSR and in D&D they are/were not happy with. Well to quote my youngest "Balderdash and Poppycock!" (he heard me say that in a game and now he uses whenever he can).
Elmore art can be cheesecake, but it is also quite a step up from the art we had up to that point. Nothing against those old-school artists, but Elmore had a vision of the D&D world and it was a vision I liked.
But let's be 100% honest.
I love his witches.
This witch appeared in the famous Dragon #114 version of the witch class and she was the "face" of my witch character ever since.
Later when I was looking for some new art I found this one:
mini from Dark Sword and a signed print from Larry himself.
Of course those are not the only witches he has done. (linking instead of adding the pics of these)
http://larryelmore.com/the-green-witch/art (have another mini of this one)
He explains it a bit in an interview he did in 2010 with Casey Philips:
CP: You've illustrated so many different things over the years. Do you have a favorite character you've depicted?
LE: No, not really. I've sort of been plagued with the image of a dark-haired, woodsy kind of woman - a witchy woman. She's always been on my mind, starting when I was about 22 or something. That's why I do a lot of witchy looking women, especially in drawings, but I don't have many paintings of it. It's funny, I just laid out a painting of a voodoo woman I'll be doing for myself.
The biggest thing when you're making a living as an illustrator, which I've done for my whole life, is that you don't get to do what you want to do. You're always illustrating a book or a game or somebody's image of a creation. Finally, after 25-30 years of it, I just got tired of it. Now, I'm doing more private contracts and my own work. I like to paint people and landscapes. With people, I like to paint women more than men, of course. I'm a red-blooded man. (Laughs.) This witchy woman thing still plagues me - this mysterious, dark-haired woman.
I totally get that. Maybe he can join the Witch Lovers Anonymous I am planning to start with Paul Dini.