1974, Mark Hallett has expressed his passion for prehistoric
creatures and ancient worlds by specializing as a paleoartist,
a term coined for an illustrator who researches and recreates
the life of the past.
by Charles R. Knight and other great artists, he has continued
to draw, paint, sculpt and conduct research into how ancient
life forms may have looked and behaved for a wide variety
of American and Foreign publications.
His work has appeared in Life, Smithsonian, Natural History
and National Geographic as well as scientific journals
and popular books.
In 1986 his paintings toured museums in the United States,
Britain, Europe, Japan and Australia, among them the Smithsonian
Institution's National Museum of Natural History and the
American Museum of Natural History. Some of these exhibits
in turn opened other doors: Mark was chosen as artist
consultant by Steven Spielberg to help create the dinosaurs
of Jurassic Park, and later created many of the scenes
and leading dinosaur characters for Disney Features' epic
Now a resident of Salem, Oregon, Mark loves the inspiration
that living in his home provides. As an artist, author
and naturalist, Mark reflects:
greatest desire is to excite the imagination and sense
of wonder we all have about the natural world, and about
the fascinating creatures and worlds that exist now
and in the past. The magic of Earth's living things
and the Universe beyond waits for us all to discover
as children and adults, and we can never know when that
certain image or turn of phrase we see or read will
change our way of looking at the World forever. If my
art and writing can contribute to that, I will feel
great happiness and fulfillment."