Staff Profiles

Mick Ellison

Senior Principal Artist


Mick Ellison studied art at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and received his BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He joined the staff of the American Museum of Natural History in 1990, where he is a scientific illustrator and photographer in the Division of Paleontology.

His work has appeared on the covers of The New York TimesNatureScience, and Natural History Magazine. Other clients include National GeographicTimeNewsweekDiscover, IMAX, Nova, BBC and CNN. Mick has also provided illustrations and photographs for a number of books, including Discovering Dinosaurs (Knopf), The Science Times Book of Fossils and Evolution (Lyons), and Unearthing the Dragon (Pi), a book he produced with Dr. Mark Norell about their experiences working together in China.

Please look below to see examples of Mick's artwork.

Gobi Desert at Dusk

Oviraptor Fossil

Fossil Lizard

Fossilized Dinosaur Eggs

Crow Illustration

Baby Protoceratops Fossil

Illustration by Museum artist Mick Ellison of a Warbler Finch on a branch beneath a musical score

E. andrewsi

Hand-drawn color illustrations of the heads of two Oviraptorid dinosaurs.

Museum artist Mick Ellison's drawing of the first feathered dinosaur found in China, Sinosauropteryx, as it might have looked in life


A drawing of a person with straight dark shoulder length hair and a light colored shirt titled, “Pencil sketch of Indian girl.”

Thunder Clouds Over Gobi

Upper Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

Old Man in Chinese Rural Village

Northern Flicker

Pencil Reconstruction of Plaster Lifecast

Reconstruction and Fossil of Small Dinosaur Mei Long

Reconstruction and Fossil of Small Dinosaur Mei Long

Illustration of 2 fossil crayfish by artist Mick Ellison

west-lake hangzhou kiosk

Sinornithosaurus slab

Fossil Spider

Chinese Girl with Fossils